Re: (IAAC) Asterisms

Penny Fischer (via Lew Gramer) wrote:
> Lew, William, Andrew, etc
> I've seen several really beautiful asterisms around Ursa Major. I think the
> reason they are so apparent there is because the Big Dipper is in a
> star-poor area, and faint patterns of stars stand out clearly.
> There's one asterism near Alkaid or it rather can be called a poor cluster?
> It's about a degree away from Alkaid.  I see it every time I star hop to the
> Whirlpool.  I haven't seen a name for it.  Is there a name for the cluster?
> The reason I think that mini asterisms do not get named is because they
> cannot be seen naked eye, most consist of 8th or 9th magnitude stars.
> A few months ago (maybe a year ago) S&T ran an article by Phil Harrington
> about mini asterisms.  I met the guy at the SJStar Party who found two of
> them, one was "The Little Queen" after the W-shaped Cassieopea. The other
> was like a Corona Borealis ring shape.
> I use asterisms frequently as landmarks when star hopping.  I do notice
> them, but then again, I am an avid observer :)
> Clear skies!
> Penny
Phil Harrington's article appeared in the May 1998 S & T.  The Little Queen, the
Dolphin's Diamonds, the Mini-Coathanger (discovered by fellow Pennsylvanian Tom
Whiting), and other asterisms were discussed.  I observed many of these on
7/1/98 UT.  For more asterisms see Phil's books _Touring the Universe Through
Binoculars_ and _The Deep Sky: An Introduction_.
Dave Mitsky
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