Constellation tour in Autumn
Pisces (The Fishes)

Date & Time: Sep 2 2000, 23:44 JST(+0900), 29min. Exp.
Optical: SMC TAKUMAR f=55mm F3.5, Aperture: F4.8, with Cokin Diffuser 1 filter
Auto-guided with Kenko SKYMEMO Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

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Constellation of Pisces is an autumnal zodiac positioned at next to Aquarius. The constellation is depicted as two fishes connected their tails at alpha Picium, "Al Rischa" meaning of a knot. It's rather faint, and is hard to follow the series of dimmed stars.
The sun crosses the celestial equator just around the tail of the western fish; in fact the vernal equinox is included in Pisces now.
The vernal equinox is established as the right ascension of zero, and Pisces must be the first zodiac. But in the times of ancient Babylonia, the vernal equinox was lied in east neighbored Aries, so Pisces is registered as the last zodiac in the astrology even now.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

M74 .....Faint face-on galaxy 1 degree east of eta Psc, 31 million ly. away
NGC383 Group .....Small-scaled galaxy group in northern part of Psc.
NGC474(Arp 227) .....Interacting galaxy pair positioned near border to Cetus.
NGC488 .....A spiral galaxy with tightly wound arms at 2 deg. SW of mu Psc.
NGC507 Group .....Small-scaled Galaxy group in northern edge of Psc.
NGC520 .....Small coliding galactic pair near a border to Cetus, 100 million ly away.
NGC524 .....Main galaxy of a group around center of Pisces.
NGC660 .....Bared galaxy near a border to Aries.
NGC7541, NGC7537 .....Two spirals at 1.3deg. west of gamma Psc.



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