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Ursa Major – The Great Bear
(or the Big Dipper, the Plough, the Wain) and
Canes Venatici – The Hunting Dogs

Ursa Major and Canes Venatici
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Objects visible in this photo:

  • The eight named stars in Ursa Major, including Mizar & Alcor – the famous pair in the "handle" of the Dipper.
  • M 40, the double star that mysteriously appears in Messier's list.
  • Galaxies M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy), M 94, M106, M108, and M109. At this scale, these galaxies look exactly like faint stars.
  • The two named stars in Canes Venatici. Cor Caroli ("Charles' Heart") was named by Edmund Halley in honor of Charles I, King of England.

Location: Troy, New Hampshire
Camera: Olympus OM2n
Lens: 50mm f/1.8 lens at f/2.8
Film: Fujicolor Super G Plus 800
Exposure: 3 minutes, tracked with motor-driven barn door camera mount.

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