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Problem with "Anthology of Visual Double Stars" by Argyle, Swan, & James

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#1 mikemarotta

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 06:59 PM

Capricorn is missing.

 

The index has one entry for alpha Capricorni (Algiedi). The citation takes you the close of a discussion about epsilon Lyrae in which the stars are compared along with omega Scorpii and omicron Cygni as available naked eye to the sharp or fortunate observer. Nothing else in Capricorn is in the book.

 

I photocopied a page out of Sue French's Celestial Sampler and put it into the Anthology where the data and narrative would go.

 

We are going to have clear skies here (finally!) but the forecasts are favorable only for early morning hours, midnight to sunrise. So, I started planning. Capricorn will be close to the meridian for me. Saturn will be in the constellation and Jupiter will be to the east. Capricorn has several doubles and M31. French says that she used 17X and was successful. So, I am going to go out this weekend and give it a try. But I was surprised and disappointed that Cambridge University Press and the authors let that oversight go to press.

 

 


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 03:43 AM

The Anthology of Visual Double Stars is intended to be a sampler, not an observing guide that tries to be anywhere near complete. And Capricorn is one of the least of the constellations for doubles - not a lot for its size - I thought Sissy Haas did well to have a dozen or so.

 

What you do have with the Anthology is more detail than usual on those they have selected, and a rather large bibliography of references for following up on many of the included doubles. For me, that made it worth having as an addition to my other double star books. Each has its own preferences of coverage; and strengths in particular topics and examples, although leaving out other matters. The "book of everything about doubles" would be impossibly large and heavy.


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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:55 AM

Ordering the Anthology today. (From Alibris.)

 

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Edited by Fiske, 11 June 2021 - 07:57 AM.

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 07:58 AM

Capricorn is missing.

 

The index has one entry for alpha Capricorni (Algiedi). The citation takes you the close of a discussion about epsilon Lyrae in which the stars are compared along with omega Scorpii and omicron Cygni as available naked eye to the sharp or fortunate observer. Nothing else in Capricorn is in the book.

 

I photocopied a page out of Sue French's Celestial Sampler and put it into the Anthology where the data and narrative would go.

 

We are going to have clear skies here (finally!) but the forecasts are favorable only for early morning hours, midnight to sunrise. So, I started planning. Capricorn will be close to the meridian for me. Saturn will be in the constellation and Jupiter will be to the east. Capricorn has several doubles and M31. French says that she used 17X and was successful. So, I am going to go out this weekend and give it a try. But I was surprised and disappointed that Cambridge University Press and the authors let that oversight go to press.

Hope you will have clear skies for this.

 

And just to note, Capricorn has the globular cluster M30, not M31 ;) .


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#5 payner

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 12:04 PM

Ordering the Anthology today. (From Alibris.)

 

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You'll be glad you did. Another excellent double/multiple star title from Mr. Argyle.

 

Randy


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