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Albireo


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Instrument

12.5" RCOS @  ~f/9 (2880 mm fl) 1.28 arcsec / pixel.  The Zoomify image scale is 1.28 to 2.56 arcsec / pixel.

Mount

Paramount ME

Camera

SBIG STL-11000 w/ internal filter wheel, AstroDon Gen I Filters

Acquisition Data

9/4/2010 to 9/8/2010 Chino Valley, AZ... with CCDAutoPilot3 & CCDSoft.  AOL guided

Exposure

RGB  225 min (15 x 5 min each, bin 2x2)

Software

  • CCDSoft, CCDStack, Photoshop CS, Noel Carboni's actions and Russell Croman's GradientXTerminator.

  • eXcalibrator for (b-v), (v-r) color calibration, using 19 stars from the NOMAD1 database.

  • PixFix32 (pre-beta) to repair hot/cold pixels and column defects.

  • CCDStack to calibrate, register, normalize, data reject, combine the sub exposures and RGB color.

  • PhotoShop for  on-linear stretching

Comment

North is to the top.

Albireo is a beautiful gold and blue double star in the constellation Cygnus. It is still unknown if Albireo is a gravitationally bound binary system or simply a chance alignment optical double. At a distance of 380 light-years, and with a separation of 35 arcsec, the possible orbital period is at least 75,000 years. Given this long orbital period, it will probably take several hundred more years to determine the nature of this double.

In 1976, gold colored Albireo-A was discovered to be a binary star, with a separation of only 0.4 arcseconds. Albireo-B is a fast rotating blue-green star with a surface temperature of about 13,200 K.

Although much about this double is unknown, we know that is a truly magnificent sight, when viewed with a telescope. Even the smallest of backyard telescopes will reveal Albireo's beauty.