Constellation tour in Winter
Lepus (The Hare)

Date & Time: Nov 16 1999, 24:43 JST(+0900) 26min. Exp.
Optical: SMC PENTAX f=165mm F2.8, Aperture: F4.0, with cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Ektachrome E100S (+2 pushed)
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
Lepus, The Hare, is a minor constellation found under the feet of Orion, you can see Rigel (beta Ori) in the upper side of this picture.
Stars forming the constellation are about 3rd or 4th magnitude, so it should be hard to imagine the figure of a hare in the southern skies in winter. Lepus is often ignored, as Orion is such a dominating constellation.
The constellation has no major myths, yet it's considered the origin of the Lepus: in ancient Sicily island, farmers were troubled by hares that had ravaged the field. They established the figure of a hare just under the Orion as a charm to drive away the annoying hares.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

M79 .....Small globular cluster 4 degrees south of beta Lep, 43 thousand ly. away.
NGC1744 .....A barred galaxy with 8 arc min. long axis in SW edge
NGC1784 .....Small spiral galaxy at western region.
NGC1964 .....Spiral Galaxy positioned in southern region.
IC418 .....Small & round planetary nebula in northern part, 7460 ly. away.



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