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David E
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Variable Carbon star in Virgo new
      #5856503 - 05/12/13 10:45 PM

While searching for an asteroid in Virgo (Proserpina, magnitude 11.5 - I found it) I stumbled upon SS Virgo, a variable carbon star. It's really bright red now, near or at maximum at around magnitude 7.5, well within reach of any small scope. It's about 2º east of Zaniah.

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Re: Variable Carbon star in Virgo new [Re: David E]
      #5856698 - 05/13/13 12:58 AM

Thanks for the tip David. I do love me some carbon stars! I haven't looked at this one in several years so I'll be sure to check it out.

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Re: Variable Carbon star in Virgo new [Re: Astrodj]
      #5858670 - 05/13/13 09:47 PM

Dave Mitsky features SS Vir in this month's Celestial Events. Very easy with my Pentax 20x60 (my preferred optics for carbon stars).

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Re: Variable Carbon star in Virgo [Re: David E]
      #5859185 - 05/14/13 06:04 AM

My 10" refl shows this star with a nice orange color.

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