On another forum, Brian Skiff mentioned that the Mira-type variable star Chi Cygni is near maximum. It is located very near the zenith at 4 a.m., just before dawn. We took a look this morning, and it's obvious from Tempe, even though the Cygnus Milky Way is an averted vision haze. Chi Cygni is conveniently located along the cross, closer to Alberio than the ever-present Eta Cygni. To my eyes, Chi appeared just slightly brighter than Alberio, although measurements show them both at magnitude 3.9. The brightness of Chi Cygni may be plotted using AAVSO's Light Curve Generator. http://www.aavso.org/data/lcg/ Simply enter "Chi Cyg" and some number of days. Entering 4000 days shows ten cycles, whose maxima range from 3rd to 5th magnitude. Tom -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.