65 Ursa Majoris 

Stuart Anderson
Star: 65 Ursa Majoris 
Date & Time: 18:10 UTC, 15.Feb.2001 
Seeing: 5 <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  
 
Located 65 Uma by star hopping from Xsi Uma. Xsi is red and unmissable, strongly coloured. No colour discernible in 65UMa, but westernmost component is brighter. No need for averted vision to split or see either component. Much better than my previous attempts to find this one, I couldn't detect either component a couple of weeks ago. 
  
SMP shows 65 UMa's companion to be DN Uma. In fact, 65 Uma is listed as mag 7.0, and DN UMa is listed as mag 6.3 - 6.7. Should this bino double therefore be called "DN UMa" in the list? Whatever, nice to find it at last. SMP also shows DN itself to have two close companions (no hope of finding them in my instrument however!). 
  
Estimated PA: lies almost in E-W direction, I would say 90 degrees.