(IAAC) Object: SS Virginis; Inst: 16" Dob

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate +
Date and UT of observation:  1/29/97  0900GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.5 (estimated),  4.5 (est)  in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst): 2 TO 3
Moon up (phase?): Yes, 65% illuminated
Instrument: f/4.59 16" Dob, f.l. 1839mm, xnlt optics, 96-99%
Magnifications: 175x, 484x
Filters used: none
Object:  Variable: SS Virginis HD108105, mag. approx. 8
Category:  C5 , Red Variable
Constellation: Virgo
Object data: Variable 6-9.6, 354.66 days Epoch JD2438890
RA/DE: RA12:25.3, DEC 0:48m 
I stumbled across this red star by mistake while observing Mars, on 11/27, and 
11/29. It apparently was closest on 11/28. This star is so red that I
thought I had either
a filter in, or my telescope was broken. It is really almost as red, at this
time, as a laser beam
pointed at a screen, or a car tail-light, or red LED. Slightly orange, very
little hint of white
making it completely different than surrounding stars. Far redder than
nearby MARS on this
Thanks! - Todd
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