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My Double Star Photos

Albireo (2014, DSLR)

The following are my double star photos, made with various techniques but mainly lucky imaging with a planetary gear. Most photos are more or less N top, E left aligned, but this is not always the case.

epsilon Lyrae (2017)

from Binaries, third balcony survey

Trapezium Region, with planetary gear

It has come to my attention that English doesn’t really have a word for self irony. Well, Hungarian does, and it is a word needed when mentioning balcony-observatory-survey all together. So this is my home observatory I really like, but due to several factors, it’s all I’ve got. HEQ5, N250/1200, TSO ADC, ASI 224MC (cooled), home observatory, mountpusher

So, I continued looking at binary stars, after the first and second surveys. This third post comprises of the observations made since the second one. The processing is the same, some artistic license is applied, so the vibrant colors and the shape of the stars is the result of editing – those colors are there though, just not that vibrant.

Though the Trapezium started out as a “binary” ie planetary-technique, it has become deep sky, but with the very same gear.

And all the binaries I have photographed so far are these.

HD 62161

HD 62161

14 CMi

14 CMi

HD 36167

HD 36167

HD 33802

HD 33802

HD 49933

HD 49933

HD51055

HD51055

tau Orionis

tau Orionis

HD 39169

HD 39169

HD 294369

HD 294369

HD 32528

HD 32528

HD 12292

HD 12292

HD 11964

HD 11964

HD 23416

HD 23416

HD 11434

HD 11434

HD 63536

HD 63536

HD 22968

HD 22968

HD 62323

HD 62323

sigma Orionis

sigma Orionis

Sirius, because :)

Sirius, because :)


from Binaries, second balcony-survey

94 Aqr

After the first “survey”, I did the second one, and in the meanwhile I’ve been improving my photo planner. Cannot really talk about it without some sarcasm, it’s more like a struggle with the city skies, the lack of time and energy to do something more substantial, but hey, life sucks.

Some of the more interesting stars:

As a technical challenge, 12 Aquarii’s separation is under 3 arc seconds. This would not be a problem for bright planets where a few tens of milliseconds are enough to capture a brightly lit frame. The primary, itself a binary is a mere 6m star, and the secondary is 7.5m which means some extra loving is needed to get both the color (difference) and the angular resolution.

51 Eridani’s companion red dot is actually a binary itself, composed of two red dwarfs. The star has a mention in researching exoplanets, so do look it up if you are into such stuff.

91 Aquarii is interesting because of its exoplanet.

104 Aqr

104 Aqr

12 Aqr

12 Aqr

37 Cet

37 Cet

41 Aqr

41 Aqr

51 Eri

51 Eri

54 Sgr

54 Sgr

66 Ceti

66 Ceti

91 Aqr

91 Aqr

94 Aqr

94 Aqr

HD 175317

HD 175317

HD 219175

HD 219175

HD 7385

HD 7385

tau Aqr

tau Aqr


from Binaries, first balcony-survey

Sirius and Sirius B

The planets season has more or less ended, though even Jupiter can still be tamed, with modest expectations, and Saturn can still yield surprises. But, the planets season has more or less ended. So I thought about putting my evenings/nights and the balcony observatory, while it still exists, to good use and look for targets suitable to the setup: binary stars with small angular separation, on the order of arcseconds.

What I also needed: an easy way to get a selection of suitable stars for my balcony and equipment. While pre-selected lists like this one on the Sky&Telescope site are nice, I needed something more substantial. So I incorporated the Washington Double Star Catalog into my photo planner, filtering out elements fainter than 7m. The link usually works… http://ad.usno.navy.mil/wds/  Let’s see a demo: plot some colored binaries for here-and-now.

Some of the stars are of particular interest.

Sirius B, since Sirius is so damn obvious on the sky, is a frequently visited target. It is now at its maximum apparent separation, at around 10-11″, and after I have gathered experience photographing Mimas and Enceladus near the glare of Saturn, this feat turned out to be a piece of cake.

145 CMa is the Albireo of the southern/winter sky. See my Albireo here, recorded with a much much more modest equipment.

40 Eridani, a ternary system containing a common yellowish K star, and a close pair of an M red dwarf and a white dwarf, the first white dwarf discovered, first observed in 1783 by William Herschel. For fans of the Star Trek universe, this is the star system _\\// is coming from.

The telescope is set up, the software works, so here is “my first balcony-survey of double stars”. To be noted that since these stars are just that: pointlike sources heavily disturbed by the urban skies, I applied some pretty aggressive processing, correcting for distorted shape and desaturating stars that came out green.

145 CMa

145 CMa

32 Eri

32 Eri

40 Eri

40 Eri

57 Peg

57 Peg

beta Mon

beta Mon

eps Mon

eps Mon

gamma Lep

gamma Lep

HD 49068 and companions in Messier 41

HD 49068 and companions in Messier 41

Mintaka

Mintaka

mu CMa

mu CMa

Rigel and Rigel B

Rigel and Rigel B

sigma Ori

sigma Ori

Sirius and Sirius B

Sirius and Sirius B

 


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Comments

hozzászólás

Jól kalibrált monitoron mindegyik számnál elkülönülő árnyalat látszik. Ha mégsem látszanak, akkor a megjelenített képek színhiányosan rajzolódnak ki. A monitort valószínűleg kalibrálni kell.

You should see distinct shades for each number. If those shades are not clearly visible, the displayed pictures will lack accuracy. Your display most likely needs to be calibrated (brightness, gamma, contrast etc.).