R Leporis - A.k.a. Hinds Crimson Star. WOW! I gasped the first time I viewed this red gem. At magnitude 7, its an easy find in the constellation of Lepus, The Hare, which is below the feet of the constellation Orion. In my Meade LS 8 ACF, this carbon star simply "popped" in the field of view (FOV) of my 26mm eyepiece, so it doesn't require much power at all. I recall this star as a deep red, almost like a celestial stop light screaming "STOP, check me out!". Simply stunning.
|R Leporis - Hinds Crimson Star|
HIP 23203 / HR 1607 / SAO 150058 R.A. 5h 00.10m Dec. -14 47.4
W Orionis - This magnitude 6 star was bright, and a great orange color. Very few stars appeared in the FOV of my 26mm PL (78x), which highlighted the brilliance of this orange pinpoint of light
|UU Auriga - HIP 31579 / HR 2405 / SAO 59280|
R.A. 6h 37.29m De. +38 26.1`
RT Orionis – At magnitude 8, a bit dimmer the but quite a noticeable, burnt orange. There was an interesting hook asterism in the FOV, and these stars were brighter.
FU Auriga - Interesting FOV, almost appeared to be like a parse open cluster. Nice double star too in the FOV. What makes this a nice carbon star is the field of view with 30 or so stars, and again, a very nice double. The double has a wide separation, with a slight orange hue to the primary, and the secondary appeared bluish. FU Aug was a light red hue, just a bit more red then orange.
V Hydra - The one that started it all for me. It was over 2 years ago that I first glimpsed a view of this carbon star, and I was hooked. Its a deep red, surprisingly, a bit lighter in shade compared to R Lep. Hidden in the dim constellation of Hydra, and well within the light cone of Mufreesboro, it was still a noticeable red point of light, just not set against as much as a dark sky as I recall, and this affected some of the contrast I think and thus its appearance. This is said to be the reddest star in our night sky, so I'm interested in what others think when comparing it to R Lep.
|V Hydrae - The Reddest star in the Northern Hemisphere.|
R.A. 10h 52m Dec. -21 18`
Carbon Stars are the perfect addition to "spice up" your observing sessions with an object class that is as beautiful as they are interesting. I'll continue to post any further recommended carbon stars, and would love to hear from you if you have any you would like to add or you simply wish to share your own observing sessions of the one's I provided above.
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