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(IAAC) Obj: False Cross (Vela-Carina asterism) - Inst: naked eye



Observer: Steve Coe
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: February 1998
Location of site: SS Dawn Princess, Caribbean Sea (Lat 15oN, Elev 0m)
Site classification: Exurban(!)
Sky darkness: 4 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: naked eye
Magnification: 1x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): False Cross
Category: Asterism
Class: 
Constellation: Vel, Car
Data: 
Position: 
Description:
The False Cross is an asterism of stars at the Vela-Carina
border that mimics the "Real" cross--Crux.  The four star
of the False Cross form a somewhat larger cross than Crux,
but they do "tilt" at the same angle.  Essentially, the
False Cross and Crux are on either side, east and west,
of the Eta Carina Nebula.