South 656 in Bootes

Stuart Anderson
Star: South 656 in Bootes
Date & Time: 2104 UTC, 23.Feb.2001
Seeing: 4-5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>.
Location of site: Hamburg, Germany
Lat/Long: 53 34 N, 9 59 E
Site classification: Suburban sky
Sky darkness: -- <Limiting magnitude>
Binoculars: Vixen Ultima 9x63 + tripod
FOV: 5d
Easy to locate: star hopped from alpha Boo, eta Boo and upwards in the binocular field of view. There is a reddish star to the W of S656, identified in SMP as 6 Boo.

The double itself has the N component brighter, and some averted vision was required to discern the dimmer component, but splitting them is not difficult. Estimated PA is about 160 degrees? No colour discernible. There is some haze near the horizon and this double is at only 18 degrees altitude (SMP) - doesn't help to get the best views of course. Not especially pretty.


Carol Lakomiak
Star: South 656 in Bootes
Date & Time: 9, April, 2003
Seeing:  <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>.
Location of site: USA
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: -- <Limiting magnitude>
Binoculars: 11x70, tripod mounted & 
The center of the fov showed an arch of three stars pointing to the 
double. The double itself was in the upper left corner of a circlet 
of stars. Very nice.