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Perseus

 

Perseus

 

Move your mouse over the image above to get a version with the constellation lines of Perseus drawn and the major stars and deep-sky objects labeled.

Perseus is a large autum/winter constellation for in the Northern Hemisphere, which extends from +30 up to +59 degrees in declination, and it includes a large stretch of the Milky Way. Thus it includes many open clusters and diffuse nebulae. The brightest clusters within Perseus are M34, and the Double Cluster NGC 884/869 - The Double Cluster (which is located to the north outside this frame), they are easy targets for binoculars. The most prominent nebula in Perseus is NGC 1499, the California Nebula.

M45, the Pleiades, and IC 1848, the Soul Nebula, both of them also visible in the photograph above, are located outside the borders of Perseus - in Taurus and in Cassiopeia, respectively.

The constellation Perseus contains 615 square degrees of the sky, its center culminates on November 7th at midnight.

Milky Way Vista - Perseus to Cassiopeia, zoom lens photograph.
NGC 1499 - California Nebula, Wright-Newtonian photograph.
M45 - The Pleiades, Wright-Newtonian photograph.
IC 1848, Wright-Newtonian photograph.


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