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Posted by Thom Bolin on August 20, 2001 14:15:08 UTC

Well the skies were clear this weekend in North Texas so I ventured out again on Saturday.

It seems as though the light pollution around my house is getting worse, the city fixed a street light that had been burned out for quite a while made it nice a dark to the North/East.

I went out with the intentions of finally finding Albiero, the previous post was mistakenly said that I had seen it, actually it was the blue/orange double from Lyra. I started my quest by finding the stars of Lyra, and then moving eastward to cygnus, I found Deneb and the 3 stars forming the cross piece, but when I moved down to where albiero should be I couldn't make out a definite double. Is this a very close double or spread out like the blue/orange in Lyra?

I moved over to Bootes by using the arc of the BigDipper handle to locate Arcturus. the form of Bootes was easily made out against the darkbackground, no lights in this direction, also not so many background stars. In one book I have it locates three additional stars further east of Bootes and above the big dipper and the other does not. Does anybody know why the difference?

Well that was it, started getting arm fatigued from holding the binocs over head, planning on building a lookdown mount this week to help that out, if I could just find a way to control the humidity now.

Thom

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