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Re: (IAAC) Obj: Albireo (Beta Cygni) - Inst: 102 mm f/9.8 Achromatic refractor



It's really fun to read descriptions of astronomical colors and try to
figure out (=guess, usually) whether the differences are due to actual
physical perception differences between individuals or merely differing
color vocabularies.  Personally, I'm convinced that many of us who, in our
childhoods, never graduated beyond the Crayola 24 boxes have much more
limited color vocabularies than those who routinely used the 64 or (crayon
envy) 128 boxes.  I don't have the book at hand at hand, but recall some
fascinating lists of astronomical color names from different famous
observers in David Malin's book, "The Colors of the Stars".  Many colors
there that were new to me, and a few that I'll bet are even new to the
Crayola folks.  ; )
Back to lurking,
Mike Smith
Boulder  CO
-----Original Message-----
From: Penny Fischer <pennyo@prodigy.net>
To: netastrocatalog-announce@latrade.com
<netastrocatalog-announce@latrade.com>
Date: Monday, October 05, 1998 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: (IAAC) Obj: Albireo (Beta Cygni) - Inst: 102 mm f/9.8
Achromatic refractor
>Luis,
>
>Greatly enjoying your double star reports.  I also see Albireo as orange
and
>blue, although I have never heard the color red referred to... but I have
>heard topaz or golden yellow.
>
>
>Penny
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Luis Arguelles <whuyss@tripod.net>
>To: Internet Amateur Astronomers Catalog <netastrocatalog@latrade.com>
>Date: Monday, October 05, 1998 12:13 PM
>Subject: (IAAC) Obj: Albireo (Beta Cygni) - Inst: 102 mm f/9.8 Achromatic
>refractor
>
>
>:----
>:
>:Observer: Luis Arguelles
>:Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
>:Date/time of observation: July,22,1998 - 23:15 UT
>:Location of site: Santander - Spain (Lat , Elev )
>:Site classification: Suburban
>:Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
>:Seeing: 6 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
>:Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
>:Instrument: 102 mm f/9.8 Achromatic refractor
>:Magnification: 25x, 50x, 100x, 200x
>:Filter(s):
>:Object(s): Albireo (Beta Cygni)
>:Category: Multiple star.
>:Class:
>:Constellation: Cyg
>:Data: mag 3.08  size
>:Position: RA :  DEC :
>:Description:
>:It's not strange that everyboy speaks wonderful things about this double
>star.
>:The main component appears yellow-orangeish at 25x, while the secondary
>shows
>:blue or blue-greenish coloration. This contrast of colors is amazing. Of
>:course, it's one of my favourite double stars.
>:
>:Using 200x I can perfectly observe it as orangeish and blueish. My wife
>sees
>:the second component as red, not orange. Maybe women had a "shift" towards
>red
>:or men have a "shift" towards blue. I'm not sure of this. Probably the
>:perception of color is something that *always* varies from person to
>person.
>:
>:Without doubt the best view is obtained at just 50x. Albireo appears as a
>King
>:and a Queen in the middle of the wonderful star clouds of Cygnus.
>:
>:--
>:Optional related URLs: http://members.tripod.net/~whuyss
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>
>