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Delphinus – The Dolphin (top)
Equuleus – The Foal or Little Horse (bottom)

Delphius and Equuleus
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Objects visible in this photo include:

  • The lone named star in Equuleus: Kitalpha.
  • The bright star Altair in Aquila.
Delphinus is one of the few constellations that actually looks like its namesake. When this distinctive asterism is viewed in a dark sky, it's easy to imagine it as a leaping Dolphin.

Equuleus, on the other hand, is a faint grouping that in no way resembles a horse of any size. It apparently gets its name due to the close proximity of Pegasus, The Winged Horse, which lies immediately to the east (left in this photograph).

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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