Vulpecula

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Abbreviation:  Vul
English Name:  The Fox
Genitive: Vulpeculae
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Cygnus and Sagitta.
Visible between latitudes:  +90 and -55 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons: Spring, Summer, and Autumn
Best seen in:  August
Seen between: March and November
Right Ascension (RA): 20 hour
Declination (DEC): +25 degrees
Area (square degrees):  268 (55th)

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Vulpecula (The Fox)

  • A dim constellation of Vulpecula – lies in Milky-Way to the south of Cygnus (The Swan), it is relatively small and contains just a few objects of interest.
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  • It contains the Dumbbell Nebula – the easiest planetary nebula to see in the sky, myself I had seen it by naked-eye under a very good cold-air dark condition.

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Vulpecula

M27 – Planetary Nebula; known as Dumbbell Nebula – bluish and large, non-circular shape is detachable with binoculars, but about 8-inch is required for the dumbbell appearance to be clearly visible. (Magnitude: +7.6; a larger telescope will reveal its magnitude +13.0 central star.)
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More objects in Vulpecula

Select CatalogNo of Objects
Barnard (B)0x objects
Caldwell (C)1x object
Collinder (Cr)8x objects
New General Catalogue (NGC)20x objects
Index Catalogue (IC)6x objects
Sharpless (Sh2)9x objects

Features of Interest

  • NGC 6882 / NGC 6885 – a pair of Open Clusters; weak concentration, may be viewed together with a wide field. Clearly seen with 4-inch telescope but considerably improved with a larger telescope. Located immediately North West of the Open Cluster NGC 6685 – known as Caldwell (37); around 30 stars detected, very bright & large.
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  • Cr 399 – Amateur image of an asterism Collinder 399 and surroundings Brocchi’s Cluster (also known Al Sufi’s Cluster) is a asterism of 10 stars. Six of the stars appear in an row, across 1.3° of the night sky.

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Named Stars

  • Anser (Alpha Vul)
  • more list of stars in Vulpecula

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IAU Sky Chart: Vulpecula


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Constellations – Visible from the UK

AndromedaAquariusAquilaAriesAuriga
BoötesCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis Major
Canis MinorCapricornusCassiopeiaCepheusComa Berenices
Corona BorealisCygnusDelphinusDracoEquuleus
GeminiHerculesLacertaLeoLeo Minor
LibraLynx LyraMonocerosOphiuchus
OrionPegasusPerseusPiscesSagitta
Serpens CaputSerpens CaudaSextansTaurusTriangulum
Ursa MajorUrsa MinorVirgoVulpecula
(44 constellations above are visible from the United Kingdom.)

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Parts visible from the UK

AntliaColumbaEridanusFornaxMicroscopium
Piscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisSagittariusScorpius
(10 constellations above are partially visible from the United Kingdom.)

(Only 10 of them even in part from the United Kingdom.)

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Constellations: Southern Celestial Hemisphere
…..never seen from the UK

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