Kappa Tauri 

Jim Jones
Star: Kappa Tauri 
Date & Time: 0535 UTC, 11/18/00 
Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)> 
Location of site: Lake Oswego, Oregon  
Site classification: Suburban 
Sky darkness: 3.5 <Limiting magnitude>  
Temp: 37ºF 
Binocular: 7x50 Nikon (hand held) 
 
 
 
Est PA 170d 
No color observed. 

Suffered from being less than 1.5 d from Jupiter.  Very washed  out.  Seemed like more than the listed 1 magnitude difference between the primary and the companion. 
 
 

 
 
Eddy O'Connor
Star: Kappa Tauri 
Date & Time: November 22nd  2000. 
10.30 -11p.m local; UT +11 
Seeing: 5-6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)> 
Transparency: 7/10, (Northern sky to 
mag. 4.5; Southern to 5.5) 
Temperature: 18ºC 
Other Conditions: Still; high humidity after rain. 
No Moon 
Location of Site: Terara, New South Wales 
Australia,  S34.52, W150.38 degrees. 
Site Classification: Suburban 
Sky darkness:  <Limiting magnitude> 
Binoculars: 7X35 Tento. 25X100 Somet 
HS: 3 
HS= Harshaw Scale1-5 (1 best) 
 
This wide pair lies North of the Hyades and about 2ENE of Jupiter just now. It is just visible to the naked eye in less than perfect seeing . 
 
While the awesome presence of Jupiter washed out colours the 25X100 Somet showed the primary as Whitish and the companion as Bluish. 
 

 
 

 
 
Stuart Anderson
Star: Kappa Tauri 
Date & Time: 06 Jan 2001 17:45 (UT) 
Seeing: 3 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)> 
Weather: Hazy, around 1ºC 
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  
Magnification: 9x 
Field of view: 5° 24' 
Observing aids: Camera Tripod 

 

An easy double, even in a moon-drenched hazy sky (moon is approaching full). On a scale of 1-10, I estimate the seeing as 3. 
 
Target confirmed by comparison with SkyMap - the small triangluar asterism made up of 
56, 53 and 51 Tau, and omega Tau to the south confirmed it. Upsilon Tau (mag 4.2) to 
the north is also a giveaway. 
 
Huge separation - no problem to split at all and no problem in detecting the 5.3 magnitude 
(SkyMap figure) companion. The primary is significantly brighter that the companion, 67 Tau. No real colour identifiable in either. 
 
Est. PA: kappa Tau and 67 Tau seem to lie directly N to S, so estimate is 180 degrees. 
 
Three satellites passed through the FOV within 5 minutes! 
 
One other note: according to SkyMap, there is a 9.6 magnitude star lying directly between 
the two components, GSC-1277-0231. This of course was not detectable in my binoculars at all. Can any other "33 doubles" members see this? 
 
 
 
Thad Robosson
Star: Kappa Tauri 
Date & Time: 1-17-01, 3:30 - 5:30 UT
Seeing: 4~5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Weather: clear, but quite chilly at 45°F
(Hey, it's cold to us....)
Location of Site: Phoenix, AZ
112 08.029w, 33 32.674n
Site Classification: Suburban 
Sky darkness: -- <Limiting magnitude> 
Transparency: 3~4/10
Binoculars: 10x50 on homemade bino mount. 
 
 
An easy bino hop from Aldeberan.  Est PA is 180°.  Primary is a dirty white with a very light bluish-white comp.
 

 
 
 
 
 

  

Paolo Morini

Star:Kappa Tau
Date & Time: Nov 19, 2000, 21:40 UTC 
Seeing: --
Location of site: home, Ravenna, Italy
Site classification: Urban backyard 
Sky darkness: 4<Limiting magnitude> 
Conditions:--
Temperature: 8° C
Binocular: Canon IS 15x45

Easy to find - Jupiter found in the same FOV, a beautoful sight