Mirpak star ?

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Mirpak star ?

Postby andrewscomputers » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:01 pm

Hi all I took a couple of images of Mirpak,I think with my mono cam and also modified a couple to get more detail.
Thanks
Andy
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Re: Mirpak star ?

Postby Aratus » Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:59 pm

Did you mean 'Mirfak' or aka Alpha Persei?
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Re: Mirpak star ?

Postby andrewscomputers » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:31 pm

Hi Aratus I checked tonight with the Google map app and it could be Mirfak or Agol,but not sure as it kept going light and dim as I was trying to get the image in between the clouds.
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Re: Mirpak star ?

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:04 pm

Mirfak (sometimes spelt Mirphak) is the brightest star in the cluster Melotte 20:

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I photograph it and view it through binoculars quite often.
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Re: Mirpak star ?

Postby andrewscomputers » Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:24 pm

Hi thanks for the reply,I did look at your image and does look like melotte 20 after comparing images.I am going to try and image M34 as it is very clear to see in my back garden at the moment.
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Re: Mirpak star ?

Postby Aratus » Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:42 am

The patchy cloud has been frustrating me for a whole month now. I hope we get a run of clear skies soon. Perseus contains a lot of interesting objects and it rewards careful observation. What I call the Alpha Persei Cluster, (or now-a-days, Melotte 20) is a genuine cluster and worth photographing. It is also spectacular in binoculars. Algol periodically dims dramatically every 2 days 20 hours or so. It is also worth photographing Algol using the same parameters and comparing them over time.

'Mirfak' is the Arabic word for 'elbow', although the name has nothing to do with the Greek character of 'Perseus'. It seems to refer to an arm shape in that area of the sky. In 2007 Mirfak was joined by a bright yellow looking 'star', which was actually Comet Holmes. It made the familiar constellation look very strange!
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Re: Mirpak star ?

Postby andrewscomputers » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:36 am

Hi Aratus I have seen M34 for a while but it seems deep with stars when I look through my telescope especially in my 42mm 2 inch eyepiece and is really clear,I have also seen the dumbell
nebula as a fuzzy cloud a few weeks ago when the full moon was in the sky.

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Re: Mirpak star ?

Postby Aratus » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:20 pm

M27 in moonlight was pretty good going, Andy. It looks better in a dark sky though, and worth looking to see if you can see the shape of it.. The next time you get a clear sky try NGC457 - the Owl Cluster which is a bit of a secret gem. Now you've got M34 under your belt you can, a little later in the night, work your way through M35, M36, M37 & M38 They are a line of bright star clusters. Autumn, once the cloud goes and the fog lifts is a great time for these sorts of objects. They make for good photos too.
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Re: Mirpak star ?

Postby andrewscomputers » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:25 am

Hi Aratus thanks for the info I will try when the weather improves as I went outside tonight but the fog rolled in and hid all the stars even my camera did not like the viewing.I got a few shots of stars on their own through the atmosphere but were ok,but not very good.
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