(IAAC) Obj: iota Ori - Inst: Orion 6" Dob

Observer: William L.Schart
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 1/12/00 8:50 pm CST
Location of site: Killeen, TX (Lat 31, Elev 820)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: Minor - crescent or far from object
Instrument: Orion 6" Dob
Magnification: 48x, 72x, 980x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): iota Ori
Category: Multiple star.
Constellation: Oir
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
The last star in the 'sword' is a triple system. At 48x without any
additional aid I could detect a wide spaced but faint second star.
With the aid of an hexagonal objective mask I could detect a third,
brighter but very close star.  Both were visible at 72x without any
aid. The primary is a bright white to whitish-yellow, the close
companion seemed blue in comparison.
The third was too faint to tell color.
Separation AB = 14, BC = 40, AC = 49
PA AB = 140, BC = 89, AC = 99
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