I have been enjoying reading your observing reports of carbon stars in Cassiopeia, and this one (V623) in particular due to its relatively bright magnitude. I plan to attempt an observation of this star on my next suitable opportunity.
As an aside, your previous report on ST Cass motivated me to have a go at observing a carbon star and due to starhopping deficiencies on my part, I ended up targeting W Cass instead on Dec 3rd at approx 7pm local.
I estimated this at magnitude 9.0 using an AAVSO star chart, and although relatively faint, I was able to observe that it was somewhat 'off-white' compared to its neighbors. This was my first carbon star observation and will not be the last.
All the best
Thank you, Astrolog, for expressing your interest of carbon stars here on Cloudy Nights.
Would you believe my next carbon star is going to be W Cassiopeiae?
I have never observed it before with any telescope.
But can I ask you about your colour description regarding W Cas?
Did it not have an orange hue even in the slightest?
But I do believe your magnitude is spot on!
As I am a huge fan of Eta Cassiopeiae (Achird), I am shocked that I have never noticed W Cassiopeiae which is very close by.
I sincerely plan to view it at the next available opportunity.
Christmas time in Ireland is extremely busy as per usual.
Next Thursday is probably the next time I will set up my apochromatic refractor.
I do have my Guide 9.1 DVD map printed off already and an AAVSO map also.
Cassiopeia is such an superb constellation for an infinite number of reasons!!
Clear skies to all,