Over the years my observing interest concentrated for the most part on clusters
and bright galaxies . Every so often I would check out a double star . One of my first doubles
was Antares , many years ago with a 4 inch refractor working at an exit pupil of about 0.75 .
A superb sight to behold . On Wednesday night here in the hills after the moon set , the Milky
Way was well defined and the seeing was good but not great . I just made an alignment of my
green laser on the North Star and moving the scope around to the south pointed the scope
at Antares for no real reason at all . Had my low power eyepiece a Baader Hyperion 36mm
in my 120 refractor giving a magnification of 28 X , focused on the star and was ready to move over to M4 for a high power view of the cluster . I looked closely at Antares and the very tiny secondary caught my eye .
I keep viewing and saw that the secondary was visible about 50% of any time period .
Having little experience at this sort of thing , at first I thought it unusual to see it at low power .
As the night moved on , I would come back to Antares to view a couple of times just to confirm
the secondary .
On Thursday as the moon set , I viewed again although with a different low power eyepiece ,
a Parks gold series 35mm 1.4 eyepiece and although the night sky conditions was just a
little less than Wed. the secondary was seen just a little better in this eyepiece for what ever
reason , visible about 60/65 % of the time . That the secondary is not all that dim (5.5 mag)
and the fact I was using a refractor vs a reflector I think was a big help .
So any other low power observations of this star ? It’s very small and very close to the