Contains: The star β2Cyg, The star Albireo (β1Cyg)
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The Double Star Albireo

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Planewave CDK 12,5'' 12.5 CDK

Imaging camera: QSI 683 wsg-8 QSI

Mount: apt1200gto AP1200

Software: CCD Autopilot 5

Resolution: 2048x1393

Dates: Sept. 24, 2016

Frames: 3x60"

Integration: 0.1 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.26 days

Avg. Moon phase: 38.29%

Astrometry.net job: 1512497

RA center: 292.677 degrees

DEC center: 27.962 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.560 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 88.902 degrees

Field radius: 0.193 degrees

Locations: ImagingInfinity Observatory, Bethune, SC, United States

Description

Here is the magnitude 3 star Albireo in the constellation of Cygnus. It is a double star with the two components having greatly different temperatures, thus the color difference. Albireo is visible to the naked eye as the bottom star in the Northern Cross asterism, and is a showcase object used to show first time telescope users how to see color in the stars.

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