English Name: The Fox
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)
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.
- 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.
- 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.)
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.
- Anser (Alpha Vul)
- Photo of the constellation; Vulpecula, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Vulpecula
- List of stars in Vulpecula.
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