Speckle observations of 145 double stars and suspected double stars are presented and discussed. On the basis of multiple observations, a total of 280 position angle and separation measures are determined, as well as 23 high-quality nondetections. All observations were taken with the (unintensified) Rochester Institute of Technology fast-readout CCD camera mounted on the Lowell-Tololo 61 cm telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory during 1999 October. We find that the measures, when judged as a whole against ephemeris positions of binaries with very well-known orbits, have root mean square deviations of (1.8+/- 0.3) degrees in position angle and (13+/-2) mas in separation. Eleven double stars discovered by Hipparcos were also successfully observed, and the change in position angle and/or separation since the Hipparcos observations was substantial in three cases (Refer to PDF file for exact formulas).
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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)
Astronomical Journal 120N5 (2000) 2638-2648
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