5 Lyncis

Stuart Anderson
Star: 5 Lyncis
Date & Time: 17:51 UTC, 31 Dec 2000
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
Not too easy from my suburban Hamburg location. First clear evening for many days. Significant light pollution made this object's companion a challenge, but 5 Lyncis and its companion were found by star hopping from beta Aur to delta Aur, then to 2 Lyncis (mag 4.4), all easy binocular objects from this location.

5 Lyncis itself had a distinct red-orange colour, contrasting well with 2 Lyncis to the west. No colour was discernible from its companion, SAO 25732, listed as magnitude 7.90. Sometimes the companion drifted in and out of visibility, and averted vision helped.

Est. PA:  270 degrees.