Phi Tauri

Eddy O'Connor
Star: Phi 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 naked eye double is visible in both 7X25s and 25X100. 
It marks the centre of the limb of the Hyades 'V' group of stars which 
contains Aldebaran.  The Hyades is not as impressive as the Pleiades 
as the cluster is more widely scattered. 

These rich stars appear as Light yellow and Dark yellow in the 25s.

Ambience: This area of sky appeared in late evening, when cicadas were still and the majestic Jupiter drifted though the fresh-minted leaves of the Japanese Maple. A lone Wagtail gave a gentle whistle and then stopped. Dank smells of replenished earth and new-mown grass wafted though the cooling air. High humidity made the sky light enough for a quarter moon. Gone are the crisp days of Spring and Orion, our favourite summer object,now lightens the eastern sky. Binoculars are so easy to pack away...

Paolo Morini
Star: Phi Tauri
Date & Time: 29 Nov 2002 ( 21:00 UTC ).
Seeing: 7 ( binos) <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
 Conditions: clearing in the mid of a cloudy month,
temp 10 deg C, no Moon
Location of Site: Ravenna. Italy, 
44d30' 12d12E
Site Classification: Urban 
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude> 
Binoculars: 20x100 Vixen Binoculars,
FOV 2.5 deg
Quite a difficult star hopping with 2.5 FOV, very far both from Pleiades and Taurus head. 
The second component very faint but clear

Ambience: backyard observation with my cat "Chandler" as assistant,
but it was not thrilled a lot by doubles, so fall asleep over the
binoculars bag on the garden table - perhaps I got a Deep Sky cat ?