Constellation tour in Autumn
Aquarius (The Water Bearer)

Date & Time: Aug 7 2005, from 24:11 to 25:15 JST(+0900)
Mosaic of 2 images with 20 minutes exposed
Optical: SMC TAKUMAR f=105mm F2.4, Aperture: F4.0, with Cokin Diffuser 1 filter
Auto-guided with Kenko SKYMEMO Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
Aquarius is the tenth largest constellation in skies, be found at southwest of the Great Square of Pegasus.
The constellation is formed by faint stars with mostly third or fourth magnitude, and is one of the most difficult constellations to make its figure. But a tiny asterism formed by four stars with fourth magnitude looks like a shape of reversed "Y" is only good mark to identify the constellation. It makes a jar held by Ganymede.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

Helix Nebula NGC7293 ...The largest Planetary Nebula in heavens
M2 ...Densed globular cluster 8 deg. west of alpha Aqr, 52 thousand ly. away
M72 & M73 ...Small Globular & Asterism lying around western edge.
Saturn Nebula ...Small planetary nebula at 4.5 deg SE of epsilon Aqr.
NGC7492 ...A sparse globular cluster 3 deg. east of delta Aqr.
Around NGC7585 ...Two distinct spirals 2 deg. NE of phi Aqr.
NGC7606 ...Small galaxy in 3deg. SSE of phi Aqr., 100 million ly away
NGC7727 ...Small spiral galaxy positioned at eastern region.
Arp 295 ...Interacting galactic group bathed in northeast region
Arp 314 ...Interacting galaxy pair near a border to Pisces



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