(IAAC) Obj: Gamma Andromedae - Inst: 10" Newt, EQ mount, f4.5, 1140mm fl


Observer: Mark Paulson
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 08-25-00/23:00 MDT
Location of site: 30 mi W of Kalispell, MT (Lat 48.2, Elev 5140')
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10" Newt, EQ mount, f4.5, 1140mm fl
Magnification: 26mm Plossl: 44X, 9mm Plossl: 127X
Filter(s): None
Object(s): Gamma Andromedae
Category: Multiple star.
Constellation: And
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Primary is large, yellow-orange.  Secondary is substantially smaller and quite
blue.  Under low power, I am just able to relove the pair.  Under high power,
separation, size and color differences are pronounced.  Watson (author of an
observing guide I own) says the blue star is actually a triple in itself. A
good resolution test for an 8" is to resolve the blue into two components of
equal magnitude.  I was unable to do so with my 10".  A bit of a breeze was
present which unsteadied the scope a little.  A very pretty multiple.  As nice
or nicer than Alberio.
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