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What are YOUR all-time Favorite Doubles/Multiples?

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#101 oldscope

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 10:41 PM

Pi Cep 10-1-2017.jpg

 

Sometime you just get lucky.

 

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#102 dotnet

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 06:40 AM

Very nice, diamond ring class cool.gif

 

Some of my favourite doubles look like that in my 6" f/12, like Rho Cap and Lambda Oph.


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#103 Chrysovellus

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 12:21 PM

Mizar, because it's so white

 

Almach and Izar, because they're not so white

 

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 07:30 PM

Recently, I had the good fortune of observing a lovely double star called p Eridani. It was a snap to find, being located 1 degree north of the Lucida of Eridanus, Achernar. What makes this double special (to me) is that both components are orange dwarfs, each less massive than our sun.



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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:25 PM

Excellent time of year in N for Iota Cass, which is one of my favorites.



#106 Pbinder

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 07:06 PM

Albireo 



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Posted 07 January 2019 - 10:05 AM

I have been working on my Doubles list for the Astronomical League program. Last night I was really enjoying the view of Gamma Arietis. What a fun 'cat's eyes' double!



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Posted 30 March 2019 - 12:10 PM

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)

Thanks for the list and taking the time to describe their attributes

Grey.


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#109 litesong

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Posted 16 October 2020 - 10:21 PM

The close pair in the bowl of the Pleiades (South something?)

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An old thread: But if David is still around, I think the cute little double star you & I love is Beta 536. One star is 8th Magnitude. The other star is comprised of an 8.5Magnitude star & a 9.5Magnitude star only 0.6arcsec apart.


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#110 chrysalis

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 03:13 AM

As OP - nice to see this little thread still gets some activity :) !



#111 litesong

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 08:06 PM

I am surprised that this one has not made the list yet:
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I guess it's my favorite 'cause I found it by accident and it's just so pretty.

Also others have mentioned finding double stars by accident. I got a story to tell. Never was good at star hopping, but am getting slightly better. I devised several star hopping routines to get to Zeta Aquarii in our light polluted town. Somehow, I did get to Zeta Aquarii, altho I can’t remember how I did.

Anyhow two weeks later, I’m out observing in Cassiopeia. My wife comes from home to see Mars.So I swing the camera lens(I don’t have a scope with a finder, just black painted gunsights) to show Mars to her. Without a finder the camera lens is only generally pointing toward Mars. I look in the eyepiece & see a cute double star. It turns out the double star is........you guessed it.....Zeta Aquarii. Yes, the star I had a hard time finding two weeks previously, I had in the camera lens by accident!

Yes, yes. My wife did get to see Mars in the lens.


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#112 chrysalis

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 03:21 AM

Someone here or in another thread mentioned Mesarthim (Gamma Arietis). Pretty sure I was NOT aware of this as a double star, even 60 years into the hobby!

 

I got a chance to look at it last night. Quite pleasing nearly matched pair, easily separated. Well, that's a new one for me to keep in mind!!


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#113 litesong

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 11:06 AM

Chrysalis wrote:

Mesarthim (Gamma Arietis). Pretty sure I was NOT aware of this as a double star, even 60 years into the hobby!

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Yes, isn’t Gamma Arietis sweet. No big scopes anymore, just a camera lens. So observing is like new. GA is one of my “new” favorites. 


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 01:14 PM

It hurts to leave others off the list......and Zeta Aquarii. 

Ron

Only have 60 power optics, in our light polluted town. So when Zeta Aquarii split for me, ZA went way up the list of my favorite DS’s.


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#115 rowdy388

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 11:28 AM

Only have 60 power optics, in our light polluted town. So when Zeta Aquarii split for me, ZA went way up the list of my favorite DS’s.

That's outstanding! Now I'll have to see how low I can go. I usually use 200X on that pair which is less than

2 seconds apart.



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Posted 19 October 2020 - 07:19 PM

I tried to post this before so if it winds up to be a double post I apologize.

 

I'm new to this but I started a list about a week ago:

 

Mizar and Alcore. This is my first serious attempt to look at a double. I was surprised to see I could split Mizar.

 

Albireo

 

Alya

 

Zeta Lyrae

 

31 Cygnus

 

I'll be sifting through this thread looking for stuff to put on my "to do" list.

 

Gregg


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#117 litesong

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 04:01 AM

That's outstanding! Now I'll have to see how low I can go. I usually use 200X on that pair (Zeta Aquarii) which is less than 2 seconds apart.

Zeta Aquarii has been widening. It was 2.3” in 2018. Think its about 2.4” or 2.5 “,  now.


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 07:27 AM

I found Gamma Arietis last night and immediately "starred" it in my list.  I described it as "two medium bright perfectly matched white diamonds, medium spaced".  In my Z8 the Pentax 10mm XW was best, so a magnification of 120X.  It was a lovely double star.



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Posted 20 October 2020 - 10:47 AM

I found Gamma Arietis last night and immediately "starred" it in my list.  I described it as "two medium bright perfectly matched white diamonds, medium spaced".  

Wow! So many are new  “finders of Gamma Arietis that the star lanes to GA are wearing out.  Yeah, yeah, I’m just using an old script from “Star Trek— The Next Generation“.


Edited by litesong, 20 October 2020 - 10:48 AM.



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