Asterisms: Ally’s Braid


Prolific stargazer and musician Stephen Saber coined the term Ally’s Braid for this beautiful chain of stars running south and east from the Pleiades (aka the Seven Sisters) in the constellation Taurus, describing the asterism as “the flowing locks of Lady Alcyone”. 
Alcyone is the name of the star marked ‘1’ on the map below.


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The NGC Asterisms/Going Deep For Doubles: The NGC 140

*ngc 7134: the glum cyclops (my nickname for it, anyway) courtesy of sdss* 

The NGC Asterisms 

Stephen Saber 

Along with the single and double stars erroneously logged as deepsky targets in the New General Catalogue we can also find dozens of fainter asterisms that were originally observed to be (or be involved with) nebulous objects.
Large aperture scopes can scrutinize these stellar suspects that snuck their way into our prestigious DSO database. Happy hunting!

NGC #
305 358 453 629 737 1146 1330 1523 1557 1707 1785 1790
1891 1896 1996 2017 2054 2061 2132 2218 2220 2224 2248
2265 2277 2284 2319 2352 2340 2448 2879 2886 2995 4280
4937 4982 5385 5571 6151 6335 6353 6354 6360 6413 6432
6465 6481 6573 6588 6669 6728 6737 6795 6839 6863 6892
6994 7005 7011 7134 7143 7150 7175 7186 7486 7526 7801
7826 7833

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Going Deep For Doubles: The NGC 140 

Stephen Saber

Lightbuckets can also check-out these diminutive doublestars from the NGC/IC database. Most are sufficiently dim so as not to have identifiers, exact magnitudes, spectra, or separations recorded.
In addition, the list provides many interesting insights into the NGC, as well as the observers and optics of that era. Also takes the heat off of Chuck Messier for his two stellar entries.
And kudos to Bob Erdmann, the NGC/IC Team, and SEDS for the most excellent and comprehensive resources. 

NGC 8
00h 08m 45.7s +23° 50′ 16″ Peg **

NGC 18
00h 09m 23.0s +27° 43′ 56″ Peg **

NGC 30
00h 10m 50.7s +21° 58′ 37″ Peg **

NGC 33
00h 10m 56.6s +03° 40′ 33″ Psc **

NGC 44
00h 13m 13.3s +31° 17′ 11″ And **

NGC 156
00h 34m 35.7s -08° 20′ 24″ Cet **

NGC 158
00h 35m 05.5s -08° 20′ 45″ Cet **

NGC 313
00h 57m 45.6s +30° 21′ 58″ Psc ***

NGC 372
01h 06m 44.5s +32° 25′ 44″ Psc ***

NGC 405
01h 08m 34.1s -46° 40′ 07″ Phe **

NGC 453
01h 16m 17.4s +33° 01′ 51″ Psc ***

NGC 464
01h 19m 26.7s +34° 57′ 20″ And **

NGC 510
01h 23m 55.5s +33° 29′ 49″ Psc **

NGC 603
01h 34m 44.0s +30° 13′ 58″ Tri ***

NGC 607
01h 34m 16.3s -07° 24′ 46″ Cet **

NGC 616
01h 36m 04.3s +33° 46′ 12″ Tri **

NGC 728
01h 55m 01.4s +04° 13′ 21″ Psc ***

NGC 737
01h 56m 40.8s +33° 03′ 00″ Tri ***

NGC 760
01h 57m 47.4s +33° 21′ 20″ Tri **

NGC 764
01h 57m 03.3s -16° 03′ 45″ Cet **

NGC 793
02h 02m 54.5s +31° 58′ 51″ Tri **

NGC 832
02h 11m 00.8s +35° 32′ 28″ Tri **

NGC 843
02h 11m 08.1s +32° 05′ 51″ Tri ***

NGC 1014
02h 38m 00.8s -09° 34′ 24″ Cet **

NGC 1059
02h 42m 35.6s +17° 59′ 48″ Ari **

NGC 1237
03h 10m 08.9s -08° 41′ 32″ Eri **

NGC 1240
03h 13m 26.7s +30° 30′ 26″ Ari **

NGC 1243
03h 11m 25.5s -08° 56′ 43″ Eri **

NGC 1251
03h 14m 09.0s +01° 27′ 24″ Cet **

NGC 1257
03h 16m 59.5s +41° 31′ 45″ Per **

NGC 1276
03h 19m 51.2s +41° 38′ 31″ Per **

NGC 1312
03h 23m 41.4s +01° 11′ 05″ Tau **

NGC 1378
03h 35m 58.2s -35° 12′ 40″ For **

NGC 1420
03h 42m 39.8s -05° 51′ 09″ Eri ***

NGC 1456
03h 48m 08.2s +22° 33′ 31″ Tau **

NGC 1488
04h 00m 04.3s +18° 34′ 02″ Tau **

NGC 1498
04h 00m 19.3s -12° 01′ 11″ Eri ***

NGC 1639
04h 40m 53.5s -16° 59′ 40″ Eri ***

NGC 1995
05h 33m 03.3s -48° 40′ 31″ Pic **

NGC 2195
06h 14m 33.9s +17° 38′ 22″ Ori **

NGC 2278
06h 48m 16.3s +33° 23′ 35″ Gem **

NGC 2279
06h 48m 24.7s +33° 24′ 44″ Gem ***

NGC 2285
06h 49m 36.0s +33° 21′ 53″ Gem **

NGC 2378
07h 27m 24.1s +33° 49′ 54″ Gem **

NGC 2386
07h 28m 38.1s +33° 46′ 29″ Gem ***

NGC 2399
07h 29m 50.5s -00° 12′ 45″ CMi ***

NGC 2400
07h 29m 55.5s -00° 12′ 53″ CMi ***

NGC 2433
07h 42m 43.6s +09° 15′ 33″ CMi ***

NGC 2464
07h 57m 32.7s +56° 41′ 26″ Lyn ***

NGC 2471
07h 58m 32.9s +56° 46′ 34″ Lyn **

NGC 2515
08h 03m 21.3s +20° 11′ 17″ Cnc **

NGC 2586
08h 23m 31.3s -04° 57′ 07″ Hya ***

NGC 2597
08h 29m 57.4s +21° 30′ 07″ Cnc **

NGC 2653
08h 54m 55.6s +78° 23′ 37″ Cam **

NGC 2703
08h 55m 47.1s -03° 18′ 25″ Hya **

NGC 2757
09h 05m 25.7s -19° 02′ 52″ Hya ***

NGC 2837
09h 18m 23.3s -16° 28′ 54″ Hya **

NGC 2846
09h 19m 40.3s -14° 40′ 34″ Hya **

NGC 2909
09h 36m 59.9s +65° 56′ 26″ UMa **

NGC 2973
09h 41m 34.7s -30° 02′ 54″ Ant ***

NGC 3000
09h 48m 51.3s +44° 07′ 48″ UMa **

NGC 3063
10h 01m 41.8s +72° 07′ 04″ UMa **

NGC 3129
10h 08m 19.3s +18° 25′ 50″ Leo **

NGC 3170
10h 16m 14.5s +46° 36′ 45″ UMa **

NGC 3210
10h 27m 59.3s +79° 49′ 57″ Dra **

NGC 3229
10h 23m 24.4s +00° 03′ 55″ Sex ***

NGC 3272
10h 31m 48.1s +28° 28′ 07″ LMi **

NGC 3317
10h 37m 43.1s -27° 31′ 11″ Hya ***

NGC 3328
10h 39m 40.3s +09° 12′ 50″ Leo **

NGC 3345
10h 43m 32.0s +11° 59′ 07″ Leo **

NGC 3382
10h 48m 25.6s +36° 43′ 28″ LMi **

NGC 3494
11h 01m 10.9s +03° 46′ 28″ Leo **

NGC 3498
11h 01m 41.7s +14° 20′ 57″ Leo ***

NGC 3538
11h 11m 34.4s +75° 34′ 11″ Dra **

NGC 3792
11h 39m 38.5s +05° 05′ 58″ Vir **

NGC 3874
11h 45m 37.7s +08° 34′ 26″ Vir **

NGC 4367
12h 24m 35.2s +12° 10′ 56″ Vir **

NGC 4397
12h 25m 58.1s +18° 18′ 04″ Com ***

NGC 4427
12h 27m 10.5s +27° 50′ 17″ Com **

NGC 4508
12h 32m 17.4s +05° 49′ 12″ Vir **

NGC 4557
12h 35m 50.3s +27° 03′ 11″ Com ***

NGC 4769
12h 53m 18.0s -09° 32′ 10″ Vir **

NGC 5067
13h 18m 27.7s -10° 08′ 43″ Vir **

NGC 5086
13h 20m 59.3s -43° 44′ 01″ Cen **

NGC 5160
13h 28m 21.6s +05° 59′ 44″ Vir **

NGC 5200
13h 31m 42.3s -00° 01′ 48″ Vir **

NGC 5404
14h 01m 07.5s +00° 05′ 15″ Vir **

NGC 5428
14h 03m 28.0s -05° 59′ 04″ Vir **

NGC 5429
14h 03m 33.3s -06° 02′ 18″ Vir **

NGC 5432
14h 03m 40.6s -05° 58′ 32″ Vir ***

NGC 5435
14h 04m 00.0s -05°55′ 54″ Vir **

NGC 5524
14h 13m 48.9s +36° 22′ 53″ Boo **

NGC 5621
14h 27m 49.7s +08° 14′ 25″ Boo **

NGC 5856
15h 07m 20.2s +18° 26′ 33″ Boo **

NGC 5877
15h 12m 53.1s -04° 55′ 38″ Lib ***

NGC 5884
15h 13m 09.1s +31° 51′ 42″ Boo **

NGC 5922
15h 21m 08.9s +41° 40′ 21″ Boo **

NGC 5948
15h 32m 58.7s +03° 58′ 58″ Ser **

NGC 6092
16h 14m 04.5s +28° 07′ 32″ CrB **

NGC 6133
16h 20m 17.1s +56° 39′ 09″ Dra ***

NGC 6294
17h 10m 16.1s -26° 34′ 28″ Oph **

NGC 6344
17h 17m 18.1s +42° 26′ 03″ Her **

NGC 6406
17h 38m 18.9s +18° 49′ 59″ Her **

NGC 6410
17h 35m 20.5s +60° 47′ 35″ Dra **

NGC 6428
17h 43m 52.5s +25° 33′ 16″ Her **

NGC 6473
17h 46m 58.1s +57° 14′ 21″ Dra ***

NGC 6499
17h 55m 19.9s +18° 21′ 35″ Her **

NGC 6519
18h 03m 20.1s -29° 48′ 15″ Sgr **

NGC 6564
18h 09m 02.3s +17° 23′ 41″ Her ***

NGC 6648
18h 25m 37.7s +64° 58′ 34″ Dra **

NGC 6655
18h 34m 30.8s -05° 55′ 15″ Sct **

NGC 6672
18h 36m 14.3s +42° 56′ 47″ Lyr ***

NGC 6731
18h 57m 13.4s +43° 04′ 36″ Lyr **

NGC 6767
19h 11m 33.8s +37° 43′ 31″ Lyr **

NGC 6797
19h 29m 00.7s -25° 40′ 00″ Sgr ***

NGC 6859
20h 03m 49.5s +00° 26′ 41″ Aql ***

NGC 6896
20h 18m 04.1s +30° 38′ 20″ Cyg **

NGC 6933
20h 33m 38.1s +07° 23′ 14″ Del **

NGC 6963
20h 47m 19.3s +00° 30′ 32″ Aqr **

NGC 6966
20h 47m 26.7s +00° 22′ 04″ Aqr **

NGC 7045
21h 14m 50.2s +04° 30′ 25″ Equ **

NGC 7122
21h 45m 47.8s -08° 49′ 47″ Cap **

NGC 7134   ‘the glum cyclops’
21h 48m 56.2s -12° 58′ 23″ Cap ****

NGC 7136
21h 49m 43.1s -11° 47′ 36″ Cap **

NGC 7148
21h 52m 08.5s +03° 20′ 29″ Peg **

NGC 7158
21h 57m 28.1s -11° 35′ 34″ Cap ***

NGC 7161
21h 56m 57.1s +02° 55′ 39″ Peg **

NGC 7287
22h 27m 16.9s -22° 07′ 00″ Aqr ***

NGC 7304
22h 31m 44.4s +30° 58′ 47″ Peg ***

NGC 7325
22h 36m 48.5s +34° 22′ 05″ Peg **

NGC 7326
22h 36m 52.1s +34° 25′ 23″ Peg **

NGC 7338
22h 37m 31.3s +34° 24′ 52″ Peg **

NGC 7350
22h 40m 48.5s +12° 00′ 23″ Peg **

NGC 7453
23h 01m 25.4s -06° 21′ 24″ Aqr ***

NGC 7502
23h 10m 19.8s -21° 44′ 15″ Aqr ***

NGC 7560
23h 15m 53.7s +04° 29′ 46″ Psc **

NGC 7607
23h 18m 59.1s +11° 20′ 30″ Peg **

NGC 7791
23h 57m 57.3s +10° 45′ 57″ Peg **

NGC 7804
00h 01m 18.7s +07° 44′ 52″ Psc **

NGC 7839
00h 07m 00.6s +27° 38′ 08″ Peg **

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Asterisms: Little Joe (From Kokomo)

little joe (from kokomo) aka ‘chiclet’

this colorful ‘four the hard way’ naked eye asterism lies southeast of the pisces circlet just a few degrees from the zero radec nexus/vernal equinox (27, 29, 30, and 33 psc; psa 07). the ecliptic also runs directly between little joe and the circlet. the quartet makes an equally convincing piece of ‘chiclet’ gum.

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[attribution: stephen saber
image courtesy of sdss]

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