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Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 07:50:57Posted by Bobby
Description of Camelopardalis
Camelopardalis is a faint constellation of the northern sky, representing a giraffe, it was introduced in the early 17th century by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius. An obsolete variant of its name is Camelopardus.
Depiction: The Giraffe
Highest in the Sky:December to May
Size Ranking: 18th
Coverage Area: 757 Sq. Degrees
Right Acension:6 hours
Visibility:90°N to 8°S
Beta Camelopardalis: Binary star
NGC 1501: Planetary nebula
NGC 1502: Open cluster
NGC 2156: Irregular galaxy
NGC 2403: Spiral galaxy
IC 342: Spiral galaxy
Struve 1694: Double star
Best Viewed Objects/Stars
A wide double star. The brighter component is the brightest star in the constellation, at magnitude 4.0. It has a companion of magnitude 7.4 that is easy to see with a small telescope, or even a pair of powerful binoculars. In the same binocular field, an even wider pairing can be seen; the two stars, 11 and 12 Camelopardalis, are of magnitudes 5.2 and 6.1.
An open cluster, visible with binoculars or a small telescope. Although small, its stars are moderately bright, and include a noticeable 7th magnitude double.