Alpha Librae and Jupiter through binoculars

This year I started working on the Astromical League's Binocular Double Star Observing Program. I hope to complete this list, including sketches, within a year or two. Its about 120 double's so that should be something nice to try with my 10x70 and 15x80.

Here is a sketch of one of them, Alpha Libra, together with Jupiter and three of its moons. The sketch was made on the 7th of May 2018, at 2.20 local time. South is up, and east is to the left. Alpha Librae is the double star near the rim on the right. Jupiter is visible with Callisto, Io an Europe. Ganymede is to close to Jupiter to be split with the Fujinon 10x70. The yellowish star to the southeast of Jupiter is Nu Librae. You only can get these beautiful wide angle fields in binoculars. The Fujinon 10x70 has a 5.3 degree field of view.


T Lyrae

Last night was good... although the seeing was too bad for double stars, the transparency was perfect. Observed some globulars (M5, M10, M12, M13) and some beautiful carbon stars. T Lyrae was a gem as always. Here's a sketch of T Lyrae I made a few years ago with a 4 inch refractor, also from my backyard.

Tal 100 mm refractor f/10, Panoptic 35mm, magn. 28x. North is up, West is to the left.

Carbon star observing!

Getting ready to observe one or two carbon stars tonight!


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