Zeta  Lyrae 

Stuart Anderson
Star: Zeta  Lyrae 
Date & Time: 2204 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
Easy to find and relatively easy to split. Magnitude difference is obvious. Separation is just 44", so at I can get at least this close with the binos. The brighter component seems perhaps slightly bluish. A nice double, estimated PA is about 100 degrees. 
 
 
Jim Jones
Star: Zeta  Lyrae 
Date & Time: 08/30/01  0550 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 130d
Nice, crisp separation.
Vega, Eps1-Eps2, and Zeta make a nice equilateral triangle.
A straight line from Vega, through Zeta extends on to Delta and a few stars of Steph 1.  All in the same FOV. When obscured by clouds, Eps1-Eps2 look like a pair of distant headlights on a foggy highway.
 
Ambiance:  Very nice, relaxed evening. Just cool enough make you want a long sleeved shirt.  My wife and the dog claimed a blanket spread out on the ground.  The dog considers anything related to astronomy to be a vast waste of (his) time.  But the threat of a mass quail invasion of the back yard kept him occupied while we enjoyed the
sky.  A beautiful evening except for that &#$**!& spider that bit me on the elbow.