Re: (IAAC) Obj: 34 Orionis (Mintaka) - Inst: 8 inch Dobsonian Deep Space Explorer
You really don't "split" Rigel in the sense of separating 2 very close
stars. The companion is 10 or so magnitudes fainter than Rigel itself
so the problem is digging out the faint companion from the glare of the
brighter component. At 9 arc seconds separation, your scope should put
the stars far enough apart... the problem is picking out the faint
member. It's an easy "split" with a C-8 at my usual 110x magnification.
Eric Greene firstname.lastname@example.org
Unofficial Celestron Homepage
From: Penny Fischer <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, March 06, 1998 5:50 PM
Subject: Re: (IAAC) Obj: 34 Orionis (Mintaka) - Inst: 8 inch Dobsonian
Deep Space Explorer
>Thanks! I do enjoy doubles at times, especially when there is a bright
>and nebulae and galaxies are beyond my reach. Question...I have looked
>looked for the double to Rigel. Burnham's lists it as splitable with a
>six inch primary. I have an eight inch, and regardless of the
>cannot split it. What gives here? Am I missing something?
>From: Steve Coe and Linda Ross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Friday, March 06, 1998 10:29 AM
>Subject: Re: (IAAC) Obj: 34 Orionis (Mintaka) - Inst: 8 inch Dobsonian
>>Penny and Paul;
>>Glad to see some other double star observers in the group.
>>I have always loved the view of nicely split pair with some
>>color contrast between the two stars.
>>Lots of fun;
>>P.S. if you are looking for a list of double for your computer
>>you can download one from the SAC archive site at: