Now the spring constellations were nearly set and summer's were getting pretty high. Seeing was not quite great when I started, but per forecast by 1am it was good enough to start pushing limits. I have two lists for such occasions: a Short Period list of physical doubles with <80-year periods which I am trying to track over the next many years to try to detect change, and a "Sweet Spot" list, which are doubles of 8th-9th mag with very close separations which are well suited for splits with the 20-inch scope -- the stars are not too bright to cause too much diffraction but bright enough for airy disks to show. Most of the latter are physical but the periods are >80-years, so I may or may not notice change, but they are good for challenge pairs.
This morning I have the feeling of having come back from some great adventure, seeing things few have seen, a kind of glow from the experience about me. That could just be feeling overtired, but it's a good feeling to have.
KUI 66 AB: 178; 445x: Light orange-yellow A, when it settles with seeing there is a persistent very faint point within the shifting diffraction, <1", large delta mag. There are 36 measures in the WDS since 1936 discovery, but the nature of the pair is uncertain because there is no parallax data for the secondary star.
14h 14m 50.85s +10° 06' 02.2" P.A. 111.00 sep 0.8 mag 5.44,8.43 Sp K1III dist. 81.23 pc (264.97 l.y.)
BU 612 AB: 508; 1067x: Lightest orange, notched elongation to snowman at best moments. Burnham discovered in 1878 with the Dearborn 18.5-inch, and in 1899 wrote: "It was very soon apparent from the measures that this was a binary system in rapid motion. In the twenty years covered by the measures, the companion has passed over an arc of 175-degrees. Glasenapp…has computed an orbit from which he finds a period of 30.00 years....This represents the observations as well as could be desired, but evidently the arc was too short for any very accurate determination, and even now widely differing apparent orbits will satisfy the observed positions equally. It is probably that the measures of the next ten years will furnish sufficient data for an orbit which shall substantially correct." In the period since, there have been many measures, and a grade 1 Definitive orbit is established. WDS lists it as physical with a 22.46-year period, currently at 0.1 but will widen to 0.3" by 2030 -- I can hope for a clean split by then.
13h 39m 34.68s +10° 44' 46.7" P.A. 49.20 sep 0.1 mag 6.35,6.47 Sp F1V dist. 59.99 pc (195.69 l.y.)
13h 32m 51.02s +34° 54' 25.8" P.A. 227.60 sep 0.3 mag 7.27,8.08 Sp A6III dist. 147.93 pc (482.55 l.y.)
HU 644 AB: 508; 533x: Quite perfect star images, light orange stars, nearly 2 delta mag, well separated, PA northwest. Grade 2, physical, 48.776-year period. It has a slightly out of round orbit from our perspective, near it's periastron now and will widen to an easy 1.584" by 2030.
13h 19m 45.58s +47° 46' 41.1" P.A. 287.90 sep 0.3 mag 9.11,9.87 Sp M2V dist. 10.71 pc (34.94 l.y.)
15h 39m 02.60s +25° 44' 47.0" P.A. 150.40 sep 0.24 mag 9.15,9.04 Sp G5 dist. 106.04 pc (345.9 l.y.)
15h 30m 44.95s +38° 09' 48.7" P.A. 189.70 sep 0.257 mag 9.23,9.73 Sp G5 dist. 243.31 pc (793.68 l.y.)