V466 Persei
V466 Persei
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V466 Persei
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Exposures: RGB 16/5/12 x 3m = 99m
Processing: SGP,MaximDL,Corel
Telescope: CFF132,STF-8300M,GM1000
Guider: ST80,LSX2,GSO2X
V466 Persei is a carbon star located in the Perseus constellation.

V466 Persei is the small, but distinctly red star in the center of the image.

V466 Per is faint, it's magnitude is varies between 8.4 and 8.9. This is not bright enought to be seen by the naked eye so observing V466 Persei requires a telescope.

The spectral type of V466 Persei is C5,5_MS4, which means it is a carbon red star. It is calculated as being 2035.59 light years (624.1029 parsecs) away from our solar system.

NIKC 3-10, a faint carbon star below V466 Persei

Besides V466 Persei, there is another carbon star in this image.

If you look directly below V466, you will notice a small, uniquely colored deep red star. It is located about one third of the distance between V466 and the bottom of the image.

This star is NIKC 3-10, a magnitude 14.8 carbon star. This star forms an optical double with an even smaller orange star seen here next to it.

NIKC 3-10 is so faint that was overlooked in scientific studies in the until the late 1980's. The first mention of this star in SIMBAD is in the 1988 publication titled A low dispersion sky spectral survey for revealing faint carbon stars. (Kurtanidze O.M., Nikoilashvili M.G.).

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