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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #110588 by flt158
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Hello double star aficionados. 

On Thursday night 23rd September 2021 I finally got a clear night after 4 full weeks of cloudy nights. 
I could NOT wait to set up my Williams Optics 158mm F/7 apochromatic refractor on its Berlebach Planet altazimuth mount in the back garden. My Dublin sky was almost 100% clear from 8.45 to 10.30pm. Sunset had occurred at 19.20 local time. The temperature was a steady 11˚ Celsius. The 15 km/h winds were clearly keeping all dew away. 
I live under Bortle 9 skies. 

All these double and triple star systems are in Cassiopeia. 
6 of them are totally new to yours truly. 
Some of them are real gems!
And they are all relatively easy to locate by star hopping and are quite easy to separate very cleanly. 
I never went above 140X at any time. 

All figures are from www.stelledoppie.ie   

1. Having started with Schedar (Alpha Cassiopeiae), Achird (Eta Cassiopeiae) I headed to the super triple - or should I say - quadruple Iota Cassiopeiae (STF 262). A & B are a true binary. But both C & D are optical companions - even though C is so close. Magnitudes: A = 4.6. B = 6.9. C = 9.1. D = 8.5. Sep’s from A are: 3”, 6.7”, 210.9”. PA’s = 228˚, 117˚ & 60˚. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I observe STF 262 it still looks most impressive at 112X. The 3 main stars, which are white to me do, in their arrangement, look so superb at a low magnification. 

2. Not far away from Iota we have another magnificent triple star which is even more beautiful to me. It is Psi Cassiopeiae (H 5 83). The secondary B star is too faint to me. A & C are optical. But C & D are a true binary called STF 117. Magnitudes: A = 4.7. C = 9.2. D = 10. Sep’s from A are: 20.3” & 19.1”. PA’s = 128˚ & 131˚. STF 117's separation is 2.9”. Their PA is 253˚. All 3 stars are delightfully split at the low power of 112X. The K class primary is slightly orange. The two tiny companions are white and they are extremely close together at 112X. Psi Cassiopeiae is an excellent triple for everyone. I even prefer it to Iota Cas for some strange reason. 

3. The rest of these doubles are first time observations. STF 48 is a real beauty! Magnitudes: A = 7.8. B = 8.1. Sep = 5.4”. PA = 333˚. It may be an uncertain double but it is an exquisite sight. A wafer thin split at 40X; and a stunning sight at 112X. I saw both stars as pure white.  

4. STF 57 is a buried treasure right next to a bright 5.9 magnitude orange star called SAO 4229. If you set out to find this star you will discover STF 57 is seriously faint and in the same field of view. Magnitudes: A = 10.5. B = 10.9. Sep = 6.3”. PA = 199˚. I had no trouble splitting it at 112X. And I found it to be delicately beautiful at 140X also. 

5. After all this excitement I didn’t find HJ 1989 particularly impressive. It’s more of your “normal” set up of a double star and it is an uncertain double. Magnitudes: A = 7. B = 11.5. Sep = 31.8”. PA = 52˚. The two stars appeared white to me. There was plenty of space between them at 112X. Anyway it’s ticked off the list. 

6. HJ 1983 was much more pleasant even though it is an uncertain double. Magnitudes: A = 8.5. B = 10.1. Sep = 40.9”. PA = 305˚. Its primary is a nice K5 class orange star. But then I was soon to discover that the secondary is orange too. A nice surprise and a nice view at 40X & 112X. 

7. 21 Cassiopeiae or H N 122 is a true binary. Magnitudes: A = 5.7. B = 10.6. Sep = 35.9”. PA = 161˚. Both stars were white at 112X. 

8. Finally HJ 1997 is in the same field of view but it is an optical double. Magnitudes: A = 10.6. B = 10.7. Sep = 17.6”. PA = 47˚. I first got a slight glimpse at 40X and the 2 stars were cleanly separated. I went no further than 112X to greatly admire such a nice double.

Thank you for reading my latest report. 
It seemed so long since I had a good session. 
Comments are most welcome. 
My personal favourites were: Iota & Psi Cassiopeiae, STF 48, STF 57, HJ 1983 and HJ 1997. 

Maybe next week I will have another clear night. 
Until then: Adios, Amigos!

Very best regards and clear skies from Aubrey.  
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2 years 9 months ago #110589 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hello Aubrey,

I hope you and those close to you are well.

It was great to read that you made the most of the clear skies last Thursday. As I was too tired to take advantage of the good weather, it was great to hear what you got up to.

Who would have guessed that Cassiopeia is still revealing her wonders to you by have six new doubles to observe - great stuff!

HJ 1983 sounds like a real nice find...very well done! And you certainly make a compelling case for us to observe Psi Cassiopeiae. As Cassiopeia is beginning to move into a favourable position at the back of my house, I really must check out some of the doubles who have mentioned in your recent reports. 

All we need are some clear skies, but who knows when that'll be! We live in hope, hey?

Chat soon,
Darren.
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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #110590 by flt158
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Great to hear from you, Darren!
I would be very interested in what your judgement is on both Iota and Psi Cassiopeiae. 
They are both triple stars which are about 6 degrees apart.

Sorry to say I have no idea as to when clear skies are due to return. 
Isn't there talk of some rain on the way?
 
Very best regards from Aubrey. 
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2 years 9 months ago #110592 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Aubrey,

Well that's settle it then...I'm definitely going to take a look at these stars the next chance I get. According to Met Eireann that could be next Friday!

You never know though, Wednesday looks like a potential runner too.

Clear skies,
Darren.

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2 years 9 months ago #110594 by flt158
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We might have a clear night on Tuesday, Darren. 
But I'm probably talking rubbish!
As one of the Psalms says: do not put your trust in princes. 
And that includes meteorologists!! 
I'm available to do some observing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night. 

Aubrey.  
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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #110595 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Good morning Aubrey,

I hear you about those meteorologists
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