Constellations of Equuleus and Vulpecula
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Equuleus, Sagitta and Vulpecula (with Delphinus)
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Image and text ©2008 Akira Fujii/David Malin Images.

In the picture above north is at the top and the image covers 28.3 x 35.4 degrees.
Image centre is located at 20:28:59.5, +15:29:09 (H:M:S, D:M:S, J2000) Astrometric data from Astrometry.net.

Equuleus and Vulpecula (with Delphinus and Sagitta)
Best seen in the early evening in September

Equuleus (the Little Horse or colt) is a small and undistinguished constellation located about 10 degrees north of the celestial equator. It is the second smallest constellation in the sky: only Crux is smaller. It contains no bright stars, so, unlike Crux, it is difficult to find, though Delphinus (which has its own page) is a useful guide. There is little of astronomical interest here that is accessible to small telescopes.

Vulpecula, the Fox, first appears in Johannes Hevelius' atlas of 1690 and was originally called Vulpecula cum Anser, the fox with goose, but the bird has flown and the fox is hardly obvious. The constellation crosses part of the northern Milky Way and lies just south of Cygnus.

Delphinus and Sagitta are described elsewhere.

Main named stars in this image:(Greek alphabet)
Altair (α Aql), Alshain (β Aql), Anser (α Vul), Deneb Dulfim (ε Del), Deneb el Okab (ε Aql), Deneb el Okab (ζ Aql), Kitalpha (α Equ), Rotanev (β Del), Sham (α Sge), Sualocin (α Del). Tarazed (γ Aql).

Constellations adjoining Equuleus: Aquarius, Delphinus, Pegasus.
Constellations adjoining Vulpecula: Cygnus, Delphinus, Hercules, Lyra, Pegasus, Sagitta.

Related images
INT 11.   M27 (NGC 6853) the Dumb-bell planetary nebula in Vulpecula

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David Malin, 2009 October 15