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#1 chrysalis

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 08:59 PM

I happened to be sweeping near M36 this evening and noticed an asterism that bore a striking resemblance to the Big Dipper within about a degree of the cluster. Has anyone noticed this before? Does it have a name?


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Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:13 PM

Hi Mark,

In which direction from M36? How large is the asterism? Which aperture and power were you using? Then we can nail it down.

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 03:36 PM

I checked it out in SkySafari and I see what you mean.  There are 4 approx 10 mag stars that depict 3 corners of the bowl and the end of the handle.   Then several approx 11-12 mag stars fill out the rest.

The view in the eyepiece may show it even better.   If I ever get a good night I'll check it out.

 

Eric


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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:29 PM

Not sure the direction even though I tried to figure that out. The EP has a TFOV of approx 0.93°. When M36 was off one edge, the asterism was on the other. 107X. The handle and three of the stars were in nearly perfect aspect; the one ropresenting  Phecda was skewed closer to the handle than in the actual Big Dipper. Estimate about 10 or 12 minute in extent.



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Posted 26 January 2020 - 04:58 PM

See below from website https://www.skyatnig...llation-auriga/

 

As I recall, the "bright" star about midway between was orangeish.

 

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 06:20 AM

See below from website https://www.skyatnig...llation-auriga/

 

As I recall, the "bright" star about midway between was orangeish.

 

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Thank you Mark!

 

I have noticed this "little dipper" asterism next to M36, when hunting the nebulae in Auriga on the night of 20th January, 2020.

 

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 03:43 PM

This looks fascinating to me. I'm definitely going to look for this one. I'm a big fan of asterisms.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 08:38 AM

I like this. I’ll add it to the list of asterism shaped asterisms which also includes Little Orion near the Pelican Nebula in Cygnus and Little Cassiopeia near Chi Draconis. 


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Posted 12 February 2020 - 03:14 PM

I like this. I’ll add it to the list of asterism shaped asterisms which also includes Little Orion near the Pelican Nebula in Cygnus and Little Cassiopeia near Chi Draconis. 

The "Little Orion" between Pelican and North America is the Leiter 9 asterism.

 

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 03:49 PM

I like this. I’ll add it to the list of asterism shaped asterisms which also includes Little Orion near the Pelican Nebula in Cygnus and Little Cassiopeia near Chi Draconis. 

I love the term "asterism shaped asterisms", I think I might start using that. MiniCas is my favorite asterism. There is also Mini Coathanger in Ursa Minor. 

 

While looking at this list there is also a Mini Pleiades near Polaris, and a Mini Delphinus in Pegasus which I had never heard of before:

http://www.deep-sky....asterisms.htm. 


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