(IAAC) OBJECT: SS Virginis; INST: 16" Dob - Corrected

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate +
Date and UT of observation:  1/29/97  0915 GMT
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 4.6 (estimated),  4.6 (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% coating,
Magnifications: 175x, 484x
Filters used: none
Object:  Variable: SS Virginis HD108105, estimated 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 1/27/97,
1/29. It apparently was closest on 1/28. This star is so red that Ithought 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
date. Magnitude of this star seemed currently to be 8 or a little bit
brighter. (did not compare to any
known stars)
Thanks! - Todd
Thanks! - Todd
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