Location: Home
Date: 2022-04-06
Time: 9:30 PM ADT
Instrument: 10" Meade SCT, 40 mm Plössl
Magnification: x63
Transparency: Good (3)
Seeing: Good (3)
Temperature: 2º C
SQM: 19.24
No wind or clouds.

Constellation:  Ursa Major
Magnitude: 8.0
Distance: 0.51 kly
Size: Pleasingly close

The Big Dipper was standing on its handle above the roofline of our house in the NE. This was my first observation of the double star in Ursa Major!

I used the telescope to find Dubhe from where I was observing M35 in Gemini. I then slewed to Merge before going a little lower on the right. The pair become very evident in the FOV. 

The stars comprising the pleasingly close pair were:   
   * HD238107 - the brighter one of the pair (mag 9.65)
   * HD238108 - less bright (mag 10.10)

These 2 stars were amazingly bright against the "black background."

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