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First Double Star Viewed!

Sep 02
2019
by Kai Staats

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 AWB Update - September 1, 2019  Two nights ago Zacharia and Pendaeli attended the observatory in order to establish four stars in the "home" position of the 12" telescope for both RA setting circle and drift alignment tests.The following is Zacharia's summary of the observation session:

We learned that [the rotation of the] RA setting circle matches exactly to our clocks when we were tracking stars. That's awesome for us because we didn't know [this] before! And [as previously] noted ... objects drift off the center ... another test to be done soon.

We selected four stars: Antares, Acrab (a double star), Dschubba, and 'pi Sco'. These will make the tasks of our RA setting circle tests and drift alignment much easier. 

Most exciting for us, we viewed our first double star! Stellarium noted that Acrab should have two stars orbiting each other. While they were not clear through the 40mm eyepiece, when we inserted the higher power 32mm we were able to see a clear separation between the two stars. Amazing!

That's what we accomplished. Asante sana!" 

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