Constellation tour in Spring
Lynx (The Wild cat)

Date & Time: Feb 16 2007, from 22:57 to 23:18 JST(+0900)
Optical: AF zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm (f=24mm, F4.8), with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Composed 3 shots with 5 minutes exposed
Auto-guided with VIXEN ATLUX 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
At around the zenith in late winter to spring, you'll notice that you can hardly find out bright stars in where squeezed between Auriga and Ursa Major. For the purpose of filling up the void in sky, Hevelius, an astronomer in Germany invented the constellation of Lynx. He invented many other minor constellations to fill in the blanks like Vulpecula, Leo Minor, etc. Lynx is one of new constellations, it has neither myths nor legend.
You can see two bright stars at the lower; they're Castor and Pollux in Gemini.
The constellation of Lynx is nothing more than a bumpy line running in north-south direction. The principal star is positioned at the southest one in the line with third magnitude. It should be almost impossible to imagine the figure of a wild cat, and it doesn't have major celestial objects, Lynx is a constellation that has no interest topics.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

Intergalactic Wanderer(NGC2419) .....Most distant globular cluster in SW edge.
NGC2444, NGC2445 (Arp 143) .....A peculiar galaxy pair looks like a butterfly positioned in SW region
NGC2537 & IC2233 .....Galactic pair of peculiar and edge-on lying in central region
NGC2541 .....Dimmed spiral galaxy in central region, 30 millions ly away
NGC2683 .....An edge-on galaxy in southern region near a boundary on Cancer
Abell 779 .....A galaxy cluster with 30 members 40' south of alpha Lyn, 300 millions ly away
PK164+31.1 .....A dimmed planetary nebula with 6' in diameter at central region

Vela,Pyxis & Antlia

Leo Minor

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