Stars: Aecrturus & its starfield
Time: 1:35 AM - 1:45 AM ADT
Equipment: Visual + Binoculars 10x42 IS
Transparency: Excellent (5)
Seeing: Very Good (4)
As is my habit, I look out my window every evening after lights out. In the west was a bright seemingly twinkling reddish object. Was it a plane or a star? I stared at for a good 30 seconds to determine if it appeared to be getting closer or if it was it blinking, then gave up - got out the binoculars in the bag at my feet.
Yup. A star. A bright one with a group of stars in the same FOV completing the formation of a U". But what star had this star field? Now to SkySafariPro for some assistance. Arcturus! Positively identified with the U-shaped star field. Arcturus was very bright and large compared to the dimmer, smaller stars of the star field.