Constellation tour in Winter
Auriga (The Charioteer)

Date & Time: Dec 27 2003, 22:03 JST(+0900), 25min. Exp.
Optical: SMC TAKUMAR f=105mm F2.4, Aperture: F4.0, with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
The ancient Northern Hemisphere constellation of Auriga is seen around the zenith in winter skies and that is characterized by its shape of distorted pentagon.
The constellation is also featuring one of the brightest stars in the heavens: Capella, the star is positioned at the most north in the bright stars over first magnitude. Capella means "small goat", comes from that the star marks the heart of goat that is held in one hand of Auriga.
Auriga is bathed in winter milky way, and includes several attractive nebulae and star clusters.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

M36, M37, M38 .....Three Open Clusters in Winter's Milky Way
Around IC405 .....Faint diffused nebulae IC405 & IC410 in the pentagon of Auriga
NGC2281 .....A sparse open cluster east of Auriga's pentagon, 5400 ly. away
Around Sh2-216, Sh2-221 .....Dimmed and vast planetary nebula & supernova remnant about 3deg. west of Capella
Sh2-223, Sh2-224 .....Two paralleling supernova remnants in Auriga's pentagon
Around Sh2-227 .....A dimmed diffused nebula in 6deg. SE of Capella and an nearby open cluster NGC1857
Around Sh2-232 .....Diffused nebula group in center of Auriga's pentagon


Canis Minor

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