Struve 2854
Richard Harshaw 
Star: Struve 2854
Date & Time: September 5, 2001,
0230 to 0510 UT
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Transparncy: 6 to 7 (variable, due to high hazy clouds) <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Location of site: Northern Kansas City,
Missouri (USA). 39º15' N, 94º30'W
980 ft above Mean Sea Level
Site classification: suburban 
Sky darkness: -- <Limiting magnitude>
Telescope: Celestron C-8, C-11
Magnification: 112x, 560x
Harshaw Scale: 2 <1-5; 1 best>
HD Number 209601
ADS 15596
Position:  2204+1338  Rating:  2
 A:  7m, F6 V
 B:  7.9m, 2 -” @ 82 - 
Year of last AB Measure:  1979
Distance (l.y.): 218, Luminosity (Suns): 8.5
Observed colors:  W, W 

Observations: Observed at 560x.  Both W, fairly even.  Duplicity was suspected (by the appearance an oval star) at 112x.

Notes: First measure 3.1" @ 83.

Stuart Clough
Star: Struve 2854
Date & Time: 8th September 2001. 2045UT
Seeing: 3-4 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Location of site: Near Halifax West Yorkshire, England.
Site classification: Suburban
Conditions: Clear sky, fresh NNW'ly breeze
Temperature: 8C 
Sky darkness: 4.8 <Limiting magnitude>
Telescope: Orion Optics UK GX250 10"  f4.8 Newtonian on Vixen GP mount.
Eyepieces: 20mm Plossl, 9mm Ortho, 7.5mm Plossl
Magnification: x60, x133, x160
The poor seeing made this one very difficult. There was evidence of elongation at x133 and, just perhaps, a split at x160, but the image was 'boiling' badly. Higher powers were hopeless tonight.

This could not be counted as split and I need to return.


Jim Phillips
Star: Struve 2854
Date & Time: Oct. 4, 2001, 8:00-9:15 EDT
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Location of site: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Site classification: Suburban.
Temperature: 70ºF
Sky darkness: --- <Limiting magnitude>
Telescope: AP 155 F/7 Apochromat
Magnification: --
Beautiful white pair.

William Schart
Star: Struve 2854
Date & Time: 13 Oct 2001
9:20 - 10:45 pm CDT
Seeing: so-so
Location of site: Killeen, TX 
Site classification: Suburban 
Sky darkness: 4 <Limiting magnitude>
Telescope: 8" SCT 
Magnification: 80x, 200x, 165x (CMG)
A tight pair, I was just barely able to split this at high power. Color seemed to be white, and this looked sort of like a snowman with just the thinnest sliver of black between the two. At low power it was elongated a bit.



Dave Moore 
Star: Struve 2854
Date & Time: 21st October 2001
19.55-22.00 BST 
Seeing: 3 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Transparency: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Location of site: Charminster, Bournemouth, Dorset
51ºN, 1ºW
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.3 <Limiting magnitude>
Moon: 4 Days Old, but below horizon
Bootle Scale: 8 (Suburban/Urban)
Telescope: 8" Meade LX-90 SCT f/10 (Lucy)
Eyepieces: 30mm Celestron Ultima (67x), 
26mm Meade Super Plossl (77x), 
12.5mm Celestron Ultima (160x), 
2x Barlow
Magnification used: 67x, 160x, 320x
Only elongated at 67x, and a figure-of-eight at 160x. Needs 320x to split cleanly. Two stars of equal brightness, both are off-white.