Constellation tour in Summer
Vulpecula (The Little Fox)

Date & Time: Apr 8 2000, 27:15 JST(+0900), 15min. Exp.
Optical: MD Rokkor f=50mm F1.4, Aperture: F4.8, with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with GOTO MX-II Equatorial
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+2EV pushed)
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
An inconspicuous summer constellation of Vulpecula is positioned just south of the Northern Cross, Cygnus. The constellation has been established by Hevelius in 17th century, and is drawing a fox holding a bag of bird. The constellation's name of "Little Fox" was called "Little fox and Goose" in the beginning. It's considerably difficult to form the constellation because it has the brightest stars of only 4th magnitude. But the constellation contains a famous planetary nebula of "Dumb-bell Nebula (M27)" around the central region, the nebula has made the constellation's name comparatively known.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

Dumb-bell Nebula(M27) .....Attractive planetary nebula at center of Vulpecula, 970 ly. away
NGC6820 .....Round diffused nebula with a diameter of 40 arc min in western region
NGC6940 .....Medium-sized open cluster at east region, 9380 ly. away
Sh2-88 .....Small and dimmed emission nebula in central, 6520ly. away
Nebulosities around western Vulpecula .....Distribution of dark & emission nebulae spread around western part



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