Epsilon 1+2 Lyra 

Jim Jones
Star: Epsilon 1+2 Lyra 
Date & Time: 0336 UTC, 11/16/00 
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)> 
Location of site: Lake Oswego, Oregon  
Site classification: Suburban 
Sky darkness: 3.5 <Limiting magnitude>  
Binocular: 7x50 Nikon (hand held) 
 
 
 
Est PA 180d 
Equal Magnitude. 
Primary...blue-white 
Secondary...yellow 
 
Had to grab this one in a hurry as Lyra settled down behind a Cedar tree.  Like two head lights in a sky that wasn't all that dark.  Same FOV as Vega. 

 

 
 

 
 
Tim Leese
Star: Epsilon 1+2 Lyra 
Date & Time: 19-November-2000 (20:35 UT) 
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>  
Location of site: Cheshire. UK 
53° 15' N –2º 33' W  
Site classification: Suburban  
Sky darkness: 4 <Limiting magnitude> 
Conditions: slight to moderate breeze, cold, cloud hopping. 
Binoculars: 12X50 Olympus 5.3deg FOV 
(hand held) 
 

 

I could separate these two whitish stars with the very bright Vega in the same FOV. 
 
Lyra is sinking out of view at this time so not many opportunities left to observe a wonderful constellation with binoculars or telescope. 

 
 

 
 
Luis Argüelles
Star: Epsilon 1+2 Lyra 
Date & Time: Saturday, 26th, November, 2000, 19:10 UT 
Site of Observation: "La Olla" Restaurant,  
in the suburbs of Gijon, Spain 
Site Clasification: Suburban 
Sky darkness: About 2.5 towards west 
(Gijon's lights) <Limiting magnitude> 
Transparency: 9 
Temperature: About 14ºC 
Conditions
Binoculars: Minolta 10x50 XL, 6.5º field. 
Hand held 
 
Not visible naked eye, I found Epsilon easily aiming the binoculars towards 
Vega, noting Epsilon in the same field of view located east from Vega. 

Epsilon Lyra was easily split in a comfortable position, due to the low 
situation of this constellation over the horizon these days. Incidentally, I 
noted a small difference of coloration: The most east located component had 
a bit of yellow, while the another component was clearly white. When 
observed with my 4" refractor, I always see 3 components as white-blue and 
the fourth one as yellowish, so now I'm asking myself if this fact is 
affecting the binocular vision at only 10x, or maybe the low altitude over 
the horizon is affecting the color perception. 

Ambience: Just after passing some leisure time with our friends Roberto and 
Encarna, and previously to going back to our homes, I noted the sky was 
clear (after more than 10 days of non-stop raining), so I immediately 
grabbed my always-in-car binos and made the observation. No dogs, no more 
people and a bit late to arrive Oviedo after driving 30 kms. 
 

 
 
Mary Flanagan 
Star: Epsilon 1+2 Lyra 
Date & Time: 2201 UTC, 28.Apr.2001
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)> 
Transparency: 6 <10-Best> 
Temperature
Other Conditions
Location of Site: Apple Valley MN, USA 
93º 14' 25" W; 44º 45' 17" N 
Site Classification: Suburban 
Sky darkness: 3 <Limiting magnitude> 
Binoculars: Pentax 7 x 50 binoculars 
 
 
Easy pair, white with a very faint yellowish tinge. 
 
 
 
 
Stuart Anderson
Star: Epsilon 1+2 Lyra
Date & Time: 2201 UTC, 28.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 
 
Very famous double double, but with binoculars I was not able to resolve either of the pair into doubles. Approximately the same magnitude (SMP: 4.6 and 4.7). Huge separation, no real colour visible. Orientation seems near to NS, so perhaps PA is about 180 degrees.