Monday, May 19, 2014

finished candidates list

Finished the candidate double star list. Over 150 entries! Splits from 0.5" to 424.5"! Magnitudes (of the primary) from 0.0 to 8.7. 46 constellations represented, from Andromeda to Vulpecula. About 3 targets per constellation. I think it's a good cross section of difficulties. I hope. From this, I'll try to whittle down to 110...

Checked what the limitations might be, in terms of technology, referring to the venerable book All About Telescopes. The limit of a 3" telescope is around magnitude 11. For a 6" telescope, mag 13.

I tried to have a bit of fun here. Doubles that are not just that. Triples and quads. Targets near interesting objects. Some stars where one might react, "I didn't know what was a double!" And so on. That'll be neat if I can nurture this.

SkyTools was so helpful in this! With detailed data. And the simulated views. Amazingly helpful.

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