Constellation tour in Autumn
Capricornus (The Goat)

Date & Time: Sep 2 2000, 21:19 JST(+0900), 20min. Exp.
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
Constellation of Capricornus is a member of zodiac in autumn, the figure of Capricornus is strange, to say, the lower half of the body shows the tail of fish, so the constellation is often translated as "The Sea Goat" or "The Goat-Fish".
Capricornus is rather faint, but asterism of a large reverse-triangle is fairly obvious.
About two thousand years ago when the origins of zodiac were associated, the constellation of Capricornus had the winter solstice. It was the rainy season at the ancient Near East, and that was one of main reasons why the constellation had a tail of fish to make a relation with the water. And an east neighbored constellation of Aquarius is also a zodiac that was connected with the rain or water.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

M30 ...Globular Cluster 7deg. south of gamma Cap., 40 thousand ly away.
HCG87 ...A compact galaxy group in central region, 4000 millions ly away.



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