Albireo 

Tim Leese
Star: Albireo
Date & Time: 22-November-2000 (19:10 UT)
Seeing: 6-7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)> 
Location of site: Cheshire. UK
53° 15' N –2º 33' W 
Site classification: Suburban 
Sky darkness: 3 <Limiting magnitude>
Conditions: Clear cold spell, high mist forming later. 
Binoculars: 12X50 Olympus 5.3deg FOV
(hand held)
 

 

Having observed Beta Cyg ( Albireo ) many times in the past using a telescope I must confess that I have not observed this star before with binoculars. 

Using my usual trick of wedging myself against an outbuilding wall I could  just separate the two stars during moments when the binocular field held steady. Through the binoculars the primary showed a yellow/orange colour with the secondary a definite blue colour. 
 
 
 
 

 


 
Stuart Anderson
Star: Albireo
Date & Time: 0007 UTC, 29.Apr.2001
Seeing: 4 <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
Took a while to see the faint companion to the NE, but it's definitely there, although in the binos is completely swamped (to me) by beta. Splitting it was difficult and the companion was not obvious until after a couple of minutes of staring, then suddenly it was there. Separation is listed as 34", pretty close for the binos. Beta is a reddish colour, companion doesn't seem to have any colour. Estimated PA about 40 degrees.

 
Bob Hogeveen 
Star: Albireo
Date & Time: 18 August, 2001, 00.30
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>. 
Location of site: Annen, The Netherlands - 53N, 6E
Site classification: Village backyard
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Bino: Leica 10x42 Trinovid, semi-handheld
Magnification: 10x
The all time beauty is here again...
Beta Cyg already had a rating 1. for all my scopes, now it also has a rating 1. for the Leica. What a wonderful sight, the star-images are brilliant, the well known colors show beautifully, just like two diamonds in the sky...
 
The split is no problem with the Leica, actually I had this one split with my old 10x50 many years ago.
Rating: 1
 
 

 
 

 
 
Jim Jones
Star: Albireo 
Date & Time: 08/30/01  0615 UTC
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>. 
Location of site: Lake Oswego, Oregon
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.2 <Limiting magnitude>
Conditions: First Quarter + 5 days
Binoculars: 10x50 Simmons Binoculars
 
Est PA 045d
Very clear, crisp split when I steady the binoculars with a hoe handle.  The golden color of the primary is very apparent.  The blue color of the companion isn't visible.  The Coat Hanger provides a nice distraction a couple of fields to the south.
    

   


Paolo Morini
Star: Beta Cyg
Date & Time: July 26, 2001, 20:00 UTC 
Seeing: --
Location of site: S.Romualdo Village, Ravenna, Italy
Site classification: Rural - backyard 
Sky darkness: 4<Limiting magnitude> 
Conditions:--
Temperature: 25° C
Binocular: Fujinon 16x70

Hard to add words to this striking target ...