Brett's Carbon Star Hunt - February 2021

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Hi - I got a few minutes to post this, so I will probably not be as details as normal.

Carbon Star info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_star

This month's targets:

U Hya - Data can be found here and recent AAVSO Observations can be found here

SS Vir - Data here and observations here

VW Gem - I try not to do the same constellation two months in-a-row, but there were very few options this month, so we head back to Gemini again! Data here and very few observations here

Enjoy! Hopefully March will not sneak up on me......:lol:
-- Brett

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Thank you for the selections Brett :)
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Thanks Brett, and not to worry about double-dipping on Gemini. The celestial twins will be in play for some time yet.
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Since I got up at 5am this morning I was confronted with Virgo, Leo, and Ursa Major all being prominent and well above the horizon. I decided that after checking out the Virgo Cluster I would search for SS Virgo. Pretty sure I saw it as a very red star of about 7th magnitude. Understanding what is going on in these stars is fascinating - more carbon than oxygen, etc.

Anyway, I finally logged one - admittedly I am mainly a DSO guy when it comes to observing (with an increasing amount of planetary observation as well) but this was a fun aside. Thanks for the list of targets Brett.
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Friday night was the clearest for weeks, no wind, no humidity but a big bright full Moon!

I had a go at the February carbon stars using Stellarium to find them and NINA to capture them.

U Hya is a big bright orange lovely which was a bit of a shocker when it appeared in the centre of my screen after plate solving!

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VW Gem is a lot smaller but a lovely colour. I really must have a go at this challenge visually some time!

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SS Vir was still a bit low in the East behind the neighbour's roof top.

Thanks Brett, good challenge.

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Nice Graeme - thanks for sharing!

I suspect March will be more challenging (well, one of them anyway!)
-- Brett

Scope: Apertura AD10 with Nexus II with 8192/716000 Step Encoders
EPs: ES 82* 18mm, 11mm, 6.7mm; GSO 30mm
Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars
List Counts: Messier: 75; Herschel 400: 30; Caldwell: 12; AL Carbon Star List: 16
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