Re: (IAAC) Obj: Albireo (Beta Cygni) - Inst: 102 mm f/9.8 Achromatic refractor

Gosh Penny! I never got beyond a box of 12.
-----Original Message-----
From: Penny Fischer <pennyo@prodigy.net>
To: netastrocatalog-announce@latrade.com
Date: Tuesday, October 06, 1998 4:23 PM
Subject: 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
>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,
>:Mike Smith
>:Boulder  CO
>:-----Original Message-----
>:From: Penny Fischer <pennyo@prodigy.net>
>:To: netastrocatalog-announce@latrade.com
>:Date: Monday, October 05, 1998 3:46 PM
>:Subject: Re: (IAAC) Obj: Albireo (Beta Cygni) - Inst: 102 mm f/9.8
>:Achromatic refractor
>:>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.
>:>-----Original Message-----
>:>From: Luis Arguelles <whuyss@tripod.net>
>:>To: Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog <netastrocatalog@latrade.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.
>:>:Constellation: Cyg
>:>: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
>:>: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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