Carbon Star Observing – The Astronomical League Brings It Back With 100 Of The Finest Carbon Stars In The Northern Hemisphere


Red star observing was a very popular facet of amateur astronomy from about the 1750’s until the mid-1960’s.  

I became interested in carbon stars during the mid-70’s, but it would be more than twenty years before I would become a serious student of these beautiful gems of the night sky. 

Tom English, a friend and member of our local astronomy club gave several presentations during the 90’s.  Tom discussed not only the visual beauty, but also the (B-V) color index-scale, explaining in precise detail…exactly what it meant.  

Please take the time to research more about the the B-V color index-scale, as there are many sources online available.   

The Astronomical League has introduced a new observing program, covering 100 of the finest carbon stars in the northern hemisphere.

In recent years I’ve spent all of my observing time on galaxies, nebulae and star clusters, but I’m now ready to get back to enjoying the beauty of red stars.   

The great thing about carbon stars:  They can be observed in highly light polluted locations….even with a moon.  This should be appealing to many amateurs today, as each and every year there are fewer and fewer dark backyards.  

A small to medium aperture telescope, using low magnification is all that’s needed to enjoy the beauty of red stars.   Roger Ivester


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