Constellation tour in Summer
Ursa Minor (The Little Bear)

Date & Time: Jun 6 2008, 22:50 JST(+0900), 20min. Exp.
Optical: SMC PENTAX f=165mm F2.8, Aperture: F4.0, with Kenko PRO SOFTON A filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Camera: PENTAX 67
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, includes the Pole Star, it seems to rotate around the celestial North Pole as if flatten itself against the sky. The constellation is visible all the year round at Northern Hemisphere, and we amateur astronomers have used the constellation as a rough guide to explore the evening's sky.
Ursa Minor is often called "The Little Dipper", as the minor version of Big Dipper in Ursa Major (the Big Bear). And beta UMi named Kochab, glittering orange at the tip of dipper is very clear, the star has a name of "YARAI-BOSHI" in Japan, meaning of the guard of Pole Star.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

Molecular Cloud around Polaris .....Distribution of dimmed inter-stellar gaseous matter around Polaris



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