Re: (IAAC) Obj: Albireo (Beta Cygni) - Inst: 102 mm f/9.8 Achromatic refractor
Personally, I'm convinced that many of us who, in our
:childhoods, never graduated beyond the Crayola 24 boxes have much more
:limited color vocabularies than those who routinely used the 64 or (crayon
:envy) 128 boxes.
That's a great description! I think part of my love of observing doubles
has to do with the fact that I am an artist at heart, and I probably "see"
more colors than the average Joe or Jane . Even yesterday, while observing
naked eye with a friend, and we were watching Capella rise over the horizon
glare... I asked him what color he thought the star to be, I asked him did
it look yellow? He said maybe, but maybe also fading to a blue white, and I
noticed this too, this to me happens so much in double observing. You are
sure a color is a perfect orange, and suddenly it looks greenish! All due
to the play and mix of two colors next to each other.
I also think that I read somewhere that Saturn was a butterscotch color;
although I usually don't equate heavenly bodies with food, this was such a
great analogy. For doesn't this planet look creamy and mellow and smooth
like butterscotch, even in the scope?? It was this analogy that really got
me going on celestial colors. I say... keep those colors coming :-)
I don't have the book at hand at hand, but recall some
:fascinating lists of astronomical color names from different famous
:observers in David Malin's book, "The Colors of the Stars". Many colors
:there that were new to me, and a few that I'll bet are even new to the
:Crayola folks. ; )
:Back to lurking,
:From: Penny Fischer <email@example.com>
:Date: Monday, October 05, 1998 3:46 PM
:Subject: Re: (IAAC) Obj: Albireo (Beta Cygni) - Inst: 102 mm f/9.8
:>Greatly enjoying your double star reports. I also see Albireo as orange
:>blue, although I have never heard the color red referred to... but I have
:>heard topaz or golden yellow.
:>From: Luis Arguelles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
:>To: Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog <email@example.com>
:>Date: Monday, October 05, 1998 12:13 PM
:>Subject: (IAAC) Obj: Albireo (Beta Cygni) - Inst: 102 mm f/9.8 Achromatic
:>:Observer: Luis Arguelles
:>:Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
:>:Date/time of observation: July,22,1998 - 23:15 UT
:>:Location of site: Santander - Spain (Lat , Elev )
:>:Site classification: Suburban
:>:Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
:>:Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
:>:Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
:>:Instrument: 102 mm f/9.8 Achromatic refractor
:>:Magnification: 25x, 50x, 100x, 200x
:>:Object(s): Albireo (Beta Cygni)
:>:Category: Multiple star.
:>:Data: mag 3.08 size
:>:Position: RA : DEC :
:>:It's not strange that everyboy speaks wonderful things about this double
:>:The main component appears yellow-orangeish at 25x, while the secondary
:>:blue or blue-greenish coloration. This contrast of colors is amazing. Of
:>:course, it's one of my favourite double stars.
:>:Using 200x I can perfectly observe it as orangeish and blueish. My wife
:>:the second component as red, not orange. Maybe women had a "shift"
:>:or men have a "shift" towards blue. I'm not sure of this. Probably the
:>:perception of color is something that *always* varies from person to
:>:Without doubt the best view is obtained at just 50x. Albireo appears as a
:>:and a Queen in the middle of the wonderful star clouds of Cygnus.
:>:Optional related URLs: http://members.tripod.net/~whuyss
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