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Binocular Universe: Horsing Around new
      #6105587 - 09/28/13 09:51 AM

Binocular Universe: Horsing Around

By Phil Harrington


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Re: Binocular Universe: Horsing Around new [Re: Charlie Hein]
      #6107341 - 09/29/13 11:59 AM

Just in time for Pegasus to clear my porch roof!

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Re: Binocular Universe: Horsing Around new [Re: desertstars]
      #6107931 - 09/29/13 05:46 PM

I don't have much luck with galaxies here in San Francisco, but I'll target NGC 7331 soon.

If you like carbon stars, there's a challenging one not far from Pi-1 Pegasi.* It's RZ Peg. I have pursued this carbon star for the past few years. I've caught it at least once, and IIRC, not at the best time — a problem when you only observe with binoculars.

The AAVSO Light Curve Generator presently shows RZ Peg around mid-8th magnitude, and, as far as I can tell, it is approaching maximum. (I have no idea how red it will be at maximum.)

Thanks also for pointing out the doubles Enif and 3 Pegasi.


*Pi-1 to RZ Peg: 46'28" separation; PA 295.8°. Source: Sky Tools 3.

Needing more clear skies,


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Re: Binocular Universe: Horsing Around [Re: Man in a Tub]
      #6108700 - 09/30/13 05:53 AM

Thanks, Todd. I'll have to put RZ on my list next time I head out.

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Re: Binocular Universe: Horsing Around new [Re: PhilH]
      #6108718 - 09/30/13 06:32 AM Attachment (27 downloads)

Since Stellarium is so popular, here's a screenshot centered on RZ Pegasi in a simulated Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX view. I'm sure a good 10x50 (mounted if necessary) will work at this time. North is up.

10/1/13: The skies cleared tonight. Around 3 AM PDT, I was treated to ruddy views of RZ Pegasi with both my Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX and Pentax 20x60 PCF WP II. Mounting the Fujinon on my monopod was necessary.

Edited by Man in a Tub (10/01/13 07:58 AM)


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Re: Binocular Universe: Horsing Around new [Re: Man in a Tub]
      #6110951 - 10/01/13 10:43 AM

Great article Phil!

Are you working on any new books? I need some new books to read.

Timm


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Re: Binocular Universe: Horsing Around new [Re: timmbottoni]
      #6111162 - 10/01/13 12:52 PM

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Great article Phil!

Are you working on any new books? I need some new books to read.

Timm




Thanks, Timm. I'm very happy that you enjoyed it.

No new books in the offing right now. I have 10 to my credit; time to sit back and let someone else have a chance for a change!


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