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Aquila – The Eagle
Aquila - The Eagle
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Objects visible in this photo include:
  • The three named stars in Aquila: Altair, Tarazed, and Alshain.
  • Brocchi's Cluster (Collinder 399) in Vulpecula, also known as The Coathanger because of its distinctive shape.
  • Data from the Hipparcos spacecraft has revealed that the stars of Brocchi's Cluster do not constitute a true cluster. Thus, the Coathanger asterism is a chance alignment of stars. Nevertheless, The Coathanger is a fine object in binoculars or a wide field telescope.

    In December, 1999, a bright nova appeared in Aquila. Nova V1494 Aquilae became as bright as magnitude 4. Click here for an image showing the nova.

    Location: Young's Farm Observing Site (YFOS) in central New Hampshire. YFOS is the dark sky site of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.
    Camera: Pentax ME
    Lens: 50mm f/1.7 lens at f/2.8
    Film: Kodak Elite Chrome 200 slide film
    Exposure: 8 minutes, tracked with motor-driven barn door camera mount.

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