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(IAAC) Obj: "Zeta Ursa Majoris" Mizar and Alcor - Inst: XT-8, 1200mm f:6, dob



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Observation Poster: Barry Martasian <timetrav2@webtv.net>
Observer: Barry Martasian
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: July 10, 2002
Location of site: North Kingstown, Rhode Island (Lat , Elev sea level)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.5 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: XT-8, 1200mm f:6, dob
Magnification: 48X
Filter(s): 
Object(s):  "Zeta Ursa Majoris" Mizar and Alcor
Category: Multiple star.
Class: Binary star
Constellation: Uma
Data: mag 2  size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
Description:
This Binary System is perhaps one of my favorite targets to show people who are new to astronomy and most often the first target to show people who have never looked through a telescope.  It is easy to find in the handle of the Big Dipper and usually amazes peope when they see the two bright wide double stars Mizar and Alcor with the tiny mag. 4 "B" component of Mizar hovering close to Mizar "A" with a seperation of 14".
On this night the sky was pretty stable and my two new astronomers with me were "amazed" as usaul. 
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