TRIPLE STARS FOR SMALL TELESCOPES with SynScan
This table lists triple stars that can be found using the catalogues available in the SynScan go-to telescope control system with small telescopes.
Catalogues available in SynScan version SSHCV4-F-141105V1-EN :-
NGC = New General Catalogue IC = Index Catalogues M = Messier objects
C = Caldwell catalogue SAO = Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory catalog
|17 Canis Majoris||SAO 172569||Below Sirius|
|Burnham 324||SAO 172386||In Canis Major|
|Struve 1245||SAO 116929||In Cancer|
|Tau Canis Majoris||NGC 2362||Below Sirius|
|Struve 1369||SAO 42931||In NGC 1528|
|Struve 1604||SAO 157111|
|Iota Bootes||SAO 29071|
|16 Draconis||SAO 30012||Near NGC 5982 & 5985 ?|
|5 Serpentis||SAO 120946||Near M5 NGC 5904 ?|
|Beta Serpentis||NGC 6193 also SAO 101725|
|Mu Bootis||NGC 5466|
|Xi Scorpii||SAO 159665||Near M4, 7, 80 ?|
|Sigma Coronae Borealis||SAO 65165|
|Lambda Ophiuchi||NGC 6218||Near M 9 & 12 ?|
|Mu Hercules||SAO 85397||Near M 13 ?|
|Omicron 2 Eridani||SAO 131063|
|Alpha Lyrae||SAO 67174|
|Beta Capricorni / Dabih||Dabih in SynScan Named stars|
|54 Sagittarii||SAO 162883/4|
|Iota Cassiopeiae||SAO 12298|
|Beta Camelopardalis||SAO 13351|
|Theta Orionis / Trapezium||NGC 682|
|Sigma Orionis||SAO 132406|
|Epsilon Monocerotis||SAO 113810|
|Beta Monocerotis||SAO 133316|
|14 Aurigae||SAO 57799|
|Struve 147||SAO 59230 or 59234|
|Zeta Orionis||SAO 132444|
|Iota Orionis||SAO 132323|
|Eta Orionis||SAO 132071|
|Lambda Orionis||SAO 112921|
Background to the development of this table :
I love to see double stars in the night sky, but even more I like triples. Some of these will be 3 suns going around each other kept together by gravity. How would planets behave in these systems ? What would we see if we were on one ?
I have a list of triples from the Popular Astronomy magazine published in Oct/Dec 2006 page 17 “Close stellar delights” by Mike Inglis, and have tried to use it now and then, with my old no-computer mount.
Recently I treated myself to a computerised mount, an HEQ5 with SynScan. The version of SynScan I have includes the Catalogues listed above. Mike Inglis gives the Aitken Double Star Catalogue (ADS) numbers for his best triples. The table gives triple Names from Mike Inglis, with catalogue numbers found by searching on ADS numbers in the huge SIMBAD database, see
http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-fid SIMBAD holds many different Identities and other data on individual stars, using many catalogues etc.
Please note : So far have not been able to verify by observations that these catalogue references do yield triple stars. But I hope to use them in the coming months, clouds permitting. Please will anyone using the table let me know how you got on ? My email is <email@example.com>
Martin Whillock January 2017.
York Astronomical Society member and U3A national Astronomy Adviser.
Many thanks for reviews and comments from John Rowland, John McCue, Callum Potter and David Cotterell before publication.