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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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