(IAAC) OBS Epsilon Lyrae naked-eye

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of observation: May 17 05:30UT
Location: Sheepsfold, MA, USA (42.4oN, 71.1oW)
Site classification: suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.5
Seeing (from 1 to 5): 4+
moon up/phase: down
Instrument: naked eye (direct vision)
Magnification: -
Filters used: none
Object: Eps Lyrae
Category: Double star
Constellation: Lyra
Object diameter: ?
RA/DE: 18:44 +39o39
Description: After long noting this as an "elongated star"
during my meteor watches, I finally split it on this slow
meteor night with the naked eye! A real "Eureka", as this
is an easy naked-eye double for some, but not for me.
Epsilon is the star left of Vega at the top of the lyre.
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren