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Of Toadstools and Tennis Rackets

2 weeks 3 days ago - 2 weeks 3 days ago #107398 by lunartic
Hi all

Last night, November, 1, the skies were exceptionally clear, even from my light polluted back garden the stars sparkled. It was time to hunt down some asterisms.

It's amazing the variety of asterisms out there, I saw a mini Cassiopeia, a mini Orion, a replica Delphinus and second coat hanger. I observed a toadstool, it was upside down, a spatula and even ET. Ursa Minor held an engagement ring, as well as the coat hanger, there is also a shark, though this beast eluded me. Getting close to the season, there is a Christmas tree in Aquarius. For the pipe smokers out there, Cepheus holds a sample, as does Cygnus. Cygnus also presents a nice smiley face called Vultus Irrisore, no, I don't know what that means either. The tennis racket is in Aquila, and it even has a ball.

In July I stumbled across an asterism that was not listed, here's the link:
www.cloudynights.com/topic/624795-asterism-in-vulpecula/

Asterisms are fun, some require a little imagination to see, others, such as mini Orion and mini Cassiopeia really are what they say they are.

Paul

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

Rich Cook
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2 weeks 1 day ago #107403 by flt158
That is a very fine list of asterisms, Paul.
I'm glad you got sight of your small plough once again.
Thanks for making us interested in them.

I was out too and admired Almach as a double and nearby 59 Andromedae which I split at 11X.
NGC 752 and M34 were observed.
I will be providing a complete list of carbon stars in Andromeda soon on this website.
There are 26 carbon stars within its boundaries.
And I have only 3 left to find.

Aubrey.

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