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What are YOUR all-time Favorite Doubles/Multiples?

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#1 chrysalis

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 05:20 AM

I thought long and hard before posting this and the positives outweigh the negatives. Here is my unqualified, first-blush, off-the-top-of-my-head list (no particular order, I'm NOT a detail-oriented guy):

Mizar
Albireo
gamma And
beta Mon
rho Ori
sigma Ori
lambda Ori
2 CVn
eta Cas
iota Cas
iota Cnc
zeta Cnc
gamma Leo (isn't that the gold-gold, bright pair?)
alpha CVn
h3945 in CMa
delta Cep
phi Tau
Struve 2816
iota Tri
(....others NOT on the top of my head! :crazy:)

How about you? What's on YOUR list?
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Posted 26 February 2006 - 10:39 AM

41 Aur (striking pair white & lilac)
52 Tau (attractive wide colorful double - deep yellow & bluish)
STF 485 Cam (DEB in NGC 1502)
STF 973 Cam (Colorful yellow & grayish-purple)
55 Eri (DEB 6.7-6.7)
Zeta Ori (two bright(1.9-4.0)close (2.3) stars.
1 Cam (wide easy pair yellowish & bluish)
STF 1027 Gem (pale orange pair)
Delta Gem (pretty visual binary)
STF 958 Lynx (DEB 6.3-6.3 yellowish pair)
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Posted 26 February 2006 - 12:03 PM

Excellent picks, guys.
OTTOMH I'll add:

nuDra
gammaDel
omicronCyg
gammaAri
epsilonLyr
gammaVir
thetaOri
betaSco
nuSco
alphaGem

Second the vote for sigmaOri and gammaLeo.


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#4 Mark K

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 03:54 AM

My top ones are:

Albireo (inevitably!)
Castor
Mizar
Cor Caroli
Eta Cassiopeiae
Iota Cassiopeiae
Eta Persei
Delta Cephei
Algieba (Gamma Leonis)
Gamma Andromedae
Theta-1 Orionis (Trapezium)
Sigma Orionis
Beta Monocerotis
Epsilon Lyrae
Ras Algethi (Alpha Herculis)
Beta Delphini
Zeta Aquarii
Epsilon Boötis
Antares (murderously tough, but worth it)
Gamma Arietis

Lesser-known gems without Bayer letters:
STF 872 in Auriga (gold and blue)
STF 939 in Monoceros (neat triangle)
STF 2470/2474 in Lyra (Double Double's Double)
HJ 3945 in Canis Major (gold and Cyan - winter Albireo)
66 Ceti (orange and blue)
61 Cygni (orange pair)
54 Sagittarii (another Albireo impersonator)
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 09:04 AM

Cor Caroli (Alpha) Canes Venatici
Alberio
Mizar
Epsilon Lyre
Eta Cassiopeia
Gamma Andromeda
Epsilon Bootes
Trapizium (Theta)Orionis
Lambda Orionis

Great list guys so hard to pick all time favorites but this covers it, as a quick list :hmmmm: :waytogo:

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 02:11 PM

Iota Cassiopeiae
Eta Persei
Almach
Beta Monocerotis
Sigma Orionis
Sigma Cassiopeiae
Theta Aurigae
The close pair in the bowl of the Pleiades (South something?)

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 12:27 PM

Here's my list:

sigma Orionis
gamma Leonis
iota Orionis + STF 747 in same field + Trapezium in same field
alpha Herculis
gamma Arietis
nu-Scorpii
beta Monocerotis
31 Orionis

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 03:32 PM

Just off the top of my head I'll say my top ten, in no particular order, are Albireo, Struve 2470 & 2474 (the other Double Double), h3945, Gamma Andromedae, Beta Monocerotis, Gamma Delphini, Antares, Sigma Orionis, Alpha Centauri, and Cor Caroli.

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 11:15 PM

In no particular order:
Mizar
Epsilon Bootis (Izar)
Alpha Canes Venaticorum (Cor Caroli)
Alpha Herculis (Rasalgethi)
Beta Cygni (Albireo)
Delta Herculis
Gamma Delphini
Gamma Andromedae (Almach)
Zeta Aquarii
Beta Monocerotis
Alpha Geminorum (Castor)
Gamma Leonis (Algieba)
Epsilon Lyrae (double-double)

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 08:32 AM

To All

These are my top ten multiple stars:
1. Beta Cyg (Albiro)
2. Gamma Del
3. Gamma And
4. Eta Gem
5. Alpha Gem (Castor) Triple star system, third component a red dwarf.
6. Omicrom1/Omicrom2 Eridani, Triple star system. The B Component is a white dwarf. One of the few white dwarfs that can easily be seen in an amature scope. Don't need to split Sirus or Antares to see this one.
7. 70 Oph
8. Alpha Her
9. Theta 1/Theta 2 Ori (Trapizium) Components A thru F.
10. Xi Uma Excellant example of pure white stars.

Most stars were picked for their colors, some were just plain interesting.

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#11 jandrew

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 11:16 PM


I like so many, and the lists above are great so I won't duplicate (and
won't tie myself to a specific few in the process). However, I will mention
(because I didn't notice it listed yet) Zeta Persei (STF 464) --- a nice
little 5-star multiple with a 2.85 mag primary and 9.16mag companion at
about 13" distance, and three more companions of magnitudes 9.96, 10.44,
and 11.24 ranging out to 120.4".

No spectacular color contrasts, and the companions are rather faint -- but
on a crisp clear night it has a certain satisfying quality to it, like a
mini-constellation just hoping to be noticed and penciled in.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 10:12 AM

Besides already mentioned ones (like gamma And, H3945 CMa,
δ Cep, ß Cyg)

I like α Ceti & 93 Ceti - a Red and blue optical double.

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Posted 21 March 2006 - 03:08 PM

Another fine-looking multiple system in Perseus is Eta:
3.8-8.5-9.9-10.4 AB a beautiful deep yellow & blue.

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 05:48 AM

astroid7

I wasn't aware that Eta Per has four components. :question:

Thanks and Clear Skies
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 10:01 AM

astroid7

I wasn't aware that Eta Per has four components. :question:

Thanks and Clear Skies
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Hi Rich
Look on Page 16 (Cloudy Nights) of my Double Star Sketches.

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 11:35 AM

re: I wasn't aware that Eta Per has four components.

Miram's actually a sextuple system (including the primary's spectroscopic binary).

http://www.alcyone.d...bsc/HR0834.html



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Posted 22 March 2006 - 11:44 AM

Almaach
Castor
Mizar
Izar
Theta Orionis (Trapezium)
Albireo

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 06:02 AM

Since getting my 10" I have been busy Galaxy/Cluster/Nebula hunting. Literally last night I was thinking how I had not even tried to spilt a double. Thanks for the list of all your favorites, I plan on making very good use of it. Then letting you all know which are my favorites.

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 02:22 PM

Some of my favorite doubles and multiple stars are:

Gamma Andromedae
Gamma Delphini
Eta Cassiopeiae
Sigma Cassiopeiae
Lamda Orionis
Iota Orionis
Theta Orionis
Iota Cassiopeiae
Alpha Herculis
Mu Herculis
Alpha Scorpii (Antares)
Nu Scorpii
Sigma Orionis
Xi Ursae Majoris
Zeta Ursae Majoris (Mizar and Alcor)
Xi Bootis
Beta Monocerotis
Alpha Canum Venatacorum (Cor Caroli)
Gamma Virginis (Porimma)
15 Aquilae
Epsilon Bootis
Eta Corona Borealis
70 Ophiuchi
Epsilon Lyrae

There are many others, but these come to mind first.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 02:29 AM

Rigel is not my favorite,but my all-time double......
...in first days with my telescope he manage to fool me
for few days.....i did not know what to expect so i overlooked this tiny dot near Rigel ...after few days i realize that i saw two components few days ago.

My favourite double is trapezium....i spend much time with it ,wondering will it reward me with E component (my scope is on the edge of that).
Few days ago i saw Double double for first time...it is also nice sight,split all with 100x and they all four fit in my 220x FOV so i enjoy sight for few minutes.
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Posted 25 April 2006 - 08:45 PM

I've seen the E and F stars of the Trapezium a number of time in a 6-inch when the seeing's good. Two stars you ought to look for soon though will provide you with a splash of color, namely Omicron-1 Cygni and 61 Cygni. The first is an optical triple, meaning the stars merely are along the same light of sight from the Earth, but they are a orange, white and blue. 61 Cygni is two orange dwarfs that really show a vivid orange color, like a couple of oranges in space. I enjoy looking at Epsilon Lyrae very much too.

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 11:14 AM

Hi,

I've been observing multiple stars only for the last few years but here's a list that I enjoyed observing.

Iota Cancri
61 Cygni
STF 1664
STF 1659
STF 1669
Mizar
Double-Double in Lyra
Cor Caroli
Castor
Algeiba
Sigma Orionis
Rigel
Algorab
Albireo

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 11:31 PM

Ditto with darkstar72 - this thread is now in my favorites
Steve

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 05:24 AM

My favorite is still albireo, the color contrast is striking and beautiful.

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 02:02 PM

My favourite is Almach.

I found it by accident as I was simply scanning the sky with the telescope. I look for it every night that I go to observe, provided it is in the sky at the time of course. :)


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