Constellation tour in Autumn
Lacerta (The Lizard)

Date & Time: Aug 10 1999, 23:52 JST(+0900), 13min. Exp.
Optical: MD Rokkor f=50mm F1.4, Aperture: F3.5, with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with Kenko SKY-MEMO Equatorial
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
At around the zenith in autumn night sky, a tiny constellation of Lacerta, the Lizard, is bathing half the body in the Milky Way. It is squeezed between Cygnus and Andromeda. You can see alpha Cygni, Deneb, and the North American Nebula at the upper right hand side in the picture.
The constellation is formed by connecting fine stars about fourth or fifth magnitudes in zigzag, established by Hevelius in 1690. He made this little reptile to fill up the void in the sky; naturally enough, the constellation has neither myths nor legends. But it contains some beautiful open star clusters and diffused nebulae because of facing to the fine Milky Way.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

NGC7209, NGC7243 .....Two open clusters bathed in Milky Way near a border to Cygnus.
Sh2-126 .....Dimmed diffused nebula in south side of the Milky Way



Copyright(c) 1999 by Naoyuki Kurita, All rights reserved.
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