Otto Struve 395
Dave Jenkins 
Star: Otto Struve 395
Date & Time: 6 July, 2004
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>. 
Transparency: 3 out of 4
Location of site: Orem, Utah
Lat. 40.28 Long. 111.70

Site classification: Bright Suburban
Sky darkness
:  <Limiting magnitude> 

Telescope: C11, TV85
Eyepieces: 20mm
Magnification: 140x
Fooling myself trying to split this one.  Proof that sky is still not stable enough.  Will save this one for another evening on the big refractor.


Steve Bodin 
Star: Otto Struve 395
Date & Time: 26 July 2004, 11 pm to 1 am local
Seeing: 6-7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>. 
Transparency: poor
Location of site: Silverdale WA, USA
47N 123W
Site classification: suburb-rural
Conditionstemp 60F, dry
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude> 
Telescope: Celestron C8
Eyepieces: not used
Additional: DX-8263SL video camera at 3x
Magnification: app. 1000x

This is also known as 16 Vul and been observed before. Nice and bright for a close pair, both appear a warm white color. Measured: 0.90 sec at 120.6 deg PA.


Ilario Melandri 
Star: Otto Struve 395
Date & Time: 29/07/2004
20:00-24:00 UT
Seeing: 7<1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Transparency:  ---
Location of Site: S. Romualdo, Ravenna, Italy
Site classification: Rural
Temperature: around 19ºC
Sky darkness: -- <Limiting magnitude> 
Telescope: 150mm f/15 refractor
16mm and 6mm Plossl, 9mm ortho
140x, 250x, 375x

The most stunning double I have ever observed!!. It belongs to the aristocracy of heavens.


I dare to measure a PA of 128º


Bob Hogeveen 
Star: Otto Struve 395
Date & Time: 3 August 2004,
23.00 pm to 00.30 am LT

Seeing: 8-9 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Transparency<1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Location of site:
Site classification: Village-backyard
Sky darkness
: 4 <Limiting magnitude>

Conditions: bright moon low in the
Telescope: Celestron C11
Eyepieces: Pentax SMC XL 40mm, TV plossl 20mm, China plossl 10mm
Magnification: 70x, 140x, 280x
With a separation of 0.8" and almost equal brightness of the components
this is not a real nutcracker, but these two bright stars will easily
merge together with lesser seeing of bad optics/collimation. This
evening the split was easy for the C11 at 280x. Almost continues a clean split,
only now and then the seeing degraded and resulted in an elongated image of the

Morgan Spangle 
Star: Otto Struve 395
Date & Time: 29 July 2004; 3 August 2004
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Transparency: 4-6 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Location of site: Purchase, New York
Site classification: Bright Suburban
Sky darkness
:  <Limiting magnitude>

Conditions: 75 degrees F, falling, dewy
Telescope: Borg 101ED refractor
Mount: Vixen
GP-DX mount, Sky Sensor 2000PC, Palm device running Planetarium software
Eyepieces: Takahashi Orthos: 18mm, 9mm, 5mm, 2.8mm, mounted in a Borg turret eyepiece holder
: 35x, 71x, 128x, 228x
couldn't pick up the secondary


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