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Articles on interesting or unique stars I've imaged.

Friday, 02 August 2019 13:12

Barnard's Star 2019

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Barnard's Star is a red dwarf star located 6 light years away in the constellation of Ophiuchus. Despite being relatively close, it is unable to be seen with out a telescope due to its dim nature. Being close by, and…

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  • Constellation Ophiuchus
  • Right Ascension 17h 57m 48.49803s
  • Declination +04° 41′ 36.2072"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 6
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:06

Kemble's Cascade

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Kembles's Cascade is an asterism of unrelated stars that form some type of pattern. Kemble's cascade forms a line of brighter stars starting near the open cluster of NGC 1502 (upper right) that flows down towards the lower left of…

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  • Constellation Camelopardalis
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 18 October 2018 13:39

Dazzling Mu Cephei

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Also known as Herschel's Garnet Star is a supersized red giant star. It is among one of the larger stars known. If it was located where our Sun is, the outer layer would reach beyond the orbit of Jupiter. The…

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  • Constellation Cepheus
  • Right Ascension 21h 43m 30.4609s
  • Declination +58° 46′ 48.166″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,800
Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:59

Trappist 1

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Trappist 1 is an dim ultra cool red dwarf star located 39 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius. In size, it is only slightly larger than Jupiter but more massive. Despite only being 39 light years away, due…

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  • Constellation Aquarius
  • Right Ascension 23h 06m 29.283s
  • Declination −05° 02′ 28.59″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 39
Friday, 27 July 2018 13:52

Barnard's Star 2018

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Barnard's Star is a low mass red dwarf star 6 light years away from Earth. It's biggest claim to fame is it displays the highest proper motion of any star. Proper motion is the apparent motion across the sky from…

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  • Constellation Ophiuchus
  • Right Ascension 17h 57m 48.49803s
  • Declination +04° 41′ 36.2072″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 6
Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:34

T Cancri - Carbon Star

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T Cancri is a red giant variable that gets it's deep reddish color from carbon that is dredged up from its core that forms a fine soot layer that scatters away the blue and green light, much like a sunset…

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  • Constellation Cancer
  • Right Ascension 08 56 40.1
  • Declination +19 50 57
Friday, 09 February 2018 15:07

La Superba

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Other names for La Superba are Y CVn, and HD 110914. La Superba is a late stage red giant star, with a mass of three times that of our Sun, but with its outer layers extending out to a radius…

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  • Constellation Canes Venatici
  • Right Ascension 12h 45m 07.83s
  • Declination +45° 26′ 24.92″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,000
Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:11

V Ori

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As Orion sets in the western sky, I say goodbye to one of the long period variable stars I follow until Fall when it starts rising in the east. V Ori is a Mira type variable star that varies between…
Saturday, 29 October 2016 00:05

TCP J18102829-2729590 Nova

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On October 20th while doing sky patrol with his 180 mm lens, Koicho Itagaki from Japan discovered a "new" star in Sagittarius that wasn't there the previous time. The star, temporarily given the designation of TCP J18102829-2729590 until it's permanent…
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 23:55

RX And

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RX And is a recurring dwarf nova star located in the constellation of Andromeda. Currently classified in the class of Z Camelopardalis variable stars, it consists of a white dwarf with an accretion disk siphoning matter from a secondary dwarf…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:28

HD164595 - Signals from Space

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HD164595 is a G type star located in the constellation of Hercules. It is thought to have at least one planet roughly a mass of 16 times of Earth. It's claim to fame came in 2016 when a Russian team…
Friday, 09 September 2016 15:44

Baade's Window

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Baade's window is area of lower amounts of interstellar gas and dust towards the nucleus of the Milky Way Galaxy. First noticed by Walter Baade, this area along with a few others offers a glimpse of the nucleus of our…
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 18:42

Barnard's Star August 2016

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Barnard's Star is a low mass red dwarf star located in the constellation of Ophiuchus. It is an old star at an estimated age of 7 to 12 billion years of age. Red dwarfs such as this one can "burn"…
Saturday, 21 May 2016 13:48

KIC 8462852

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KIC 8462852 is still in the news. KIC 8462852 is a F class star located in the constellation of Cygnus. At a magnitude 11.7, its only visible in telescopes, and is located some 1480 light years away. Often called Tabby's…
Friday, 06 May 2016 20:56

SS 433 A most unique variable star

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Deep in the star fields of Aquila lies SS 433 aka V1343 Aquilae. Discovered in 1977, researchers noticed spectral shifts alternating between red and blue shifts. The star is also embedded in a supernova remnant, and is also a powerful…
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:48

Procyon - Alpha Canis Minoris

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Procyon lies only 111/2 light years away in the constellation of Canis Minor, Due to its being a spectral type F5 white main sequence star, and its nearness to Earth, it is the 8th brightest star in the night sky…
Saturday, 23 April 2016 17:01

Seeing Double

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Here we have HD79210, a double star located 20 light years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The pair of stars orbit each other once every 975 years. The primary star is a magnitude 7.64, and the secondary star is…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 16:28

Wolf 1061

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Another entry from astronomer Max Wolf's catalog of stars displaying high proper motion across the sky. Wolf 1061 is an M class red dwarf located constellation of Ophiuchus at a distance of 13.8 light years from Earth. It's claim to…
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 21:36

Wolf 359

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Wolf 359 is a red dwarf star located in the constellation of Leo. The name comes from Max Wolf who cataloged stars that were measured moving across the sky, and it was entry number 359.Even though its one of the…