Constellation tour in Winter
Camelopardalis (The Giraffe)

Date & Time: Dec 12 2009, from 24:18 to 25:10 JST(+0900)
Mosaic of 2 flames of 5min. x 4shots
Optical: AF zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm (f=24mm, F2.8), with Kenko PRO-Softon[A] filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2Pro
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024 x 2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO800, White Balance...Auto

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
The constellation of Camelopardalis, the Giraffe, is one of circumpoles seen easily in the evening of February. A long neck stretching out at the next to the Pole Star (Polaris), occupies a wide and sparce field between Auriga and Polaris. Indeed, the constellation includes stars fainter than the fifth magnitude except only two stars with the fourth mag. It may be impossible to trace the figure of charming animal in the northern winter skies. But a tail and a part of hind legs of giraffe are barely bathed in the faint Milky Way around Cassiopeia and Auriga.
The constellation was originally established by Bartius in 17th century as a constellation of "Camel". But the name was mistranslated to "Giraffe" in the process of folklore, perhaps the cause of mistranlation may be that the Latin word of "Camel" resembles the English word of "Giraffe".

Guide for Deep Sky Object

NGC1501 .....Tiny planetary nebula with a diameter of 1' in southern region
NGC1502 .....Medium sized open cluster in central region.
NGC1560 .....An edge-on galaxy positioned around central region.
NGC1569 .....An irregular galaxy in the Maffei Group positioned in southern region.
NGC1961 .....A warped spiral galaxy positioned at central region.
NGC2146 .....A small galaxy with a warped shape positioned in northern region
NGC2336, IC467 .....Medium-scaled spiral galaxies positioned in northern region
NGC2366 .....Irregular galaxy near the boundary on Ursa Major
NGC2403 .....Medium-sized Galaxy at the border to Ursa Major, 11.8 million ly. away
IC342 .....Very large but dimmed spiral galaxy in western edge
IC356 .....Indistinct spiral galaxy in center, 39 million ly. away
UGC3697 .....Small galaxy looks like warped S-shape in central region
Nebulosities between Perseus & Camelopardalis .....Wide-field image of distribution of emission & dark nebulae striding Perseus
Sh2-204 .....Dimmed & elongated nebula with 30' in length near a border to Perseus
Sh2-207, 208 .....Two small nebulae near a border line to Perseus
vdB14, vdB15 .....Dimmed reflection nebulae around B & C Cam at north edge of Milky Way
Kemble's cascade .....Well proportioned star chain near Perseus & Cassiopeia.


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