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- Asterisms -

Aql (2) Cap (1) Cyg (1) Her (2) UMi (1)
Aqr (1) Cep (2) Del (1) Peg (1) Vir (1)
Cam (1) Crv (1) Dra (1) Sct (1) Vul (3)

7 Sisters of the Pole (AST)

Name: 7 Sisters of the Pole
Type: AST
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 23h30m00.00s / +86°00'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 240.0x120.0'
Very large asterism with best view in binoculars at low magnification. This asterism looks like the Pleiades (Messier 45) and is dominated by the stars HD217382, HD217157, HD212710, HD221525 and 2 Cephei.

B 40mm, 8x, Bortle 8, NELM 4.3+, SQM-L 18.9
Very large, relatively evident. After a short while the similarity to the Pleiades was visible. Fits quite well in the 7.5° large field of view.
EASY

AI J1933 7+1147 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 5×5'
Name: AI J1933 7+1147
Type: AST
Constellation: Aql
Coordinates: 19h33m45.00s / +11°48'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 2.0x2.0'
8" f/6, 37x, Bortle 3-, SQM-L 21.2
SQM-L 21.0: Pretty compact group of 7 stars, whereby 6 of them look like a '6' of a dice. Overall quite obvious.
EASY

Collinder 399 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 100×100'
Name: Collinder 399, Coathanger
Type: AST
Constellation: Vul
Coordinates: 19h26m20.00s / +20°07'40.00"
Brightness / Size: v3.6 mag / 100.0x40.0'
Prominent cluster of brighter stars. On the eastern end the fairly faint open cluster NGC6802 can be found.

naked eye, Bortle 4
Visible as diffuse brightening with averted vision.

EASY
B 40mm, 8x, Bortle 5, NELM 5.5
Wonderful object for binoculars. Evident shape of a coathanger.

EASY
8" f/6, 37x, Bortle 4
Evident. Some brighter stars forms the typical shape of a coathanger.
EASY

Diamond Ring (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 90×90'
Name: Diamond Ring, Engagement Ring
Type: AST
Constellation: UMi
Coordinates: 02h50m00.00s / +88°50'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 60.0x60.0'
Several faint stars form the ring and alpha UMi is the diamond. Very nice view in telescopes at low magnification. Visually much more apparent than on photographs.

B 40mm, 8x, Bortle 8, NELM 4.3+, SQM-L 18.9
Alpha UMi was easily seen, but the ring itself was fairly faint.

MODERATE
B 40mm, 8x, Bortle 7, NELM 5.0, SQM-L 19.0
Well visible with averted vision. The typical ring form was quite easily seen.

EASY
80mm f/6.25, 33x, Bortle 8, NELM 4.3+, SQM-L 18.9
Quite evident. Nice view when consciously seen the diamond ring.
EASY

French 1 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 20×20'
Name: French 1, The Toadstool
Type: AST
Constellation: Del
Coordinates: 21h07m25.00s / +16°19'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 12.0x12.0'
A definite recommendation, because easy to find, evident and also suitable for small telescopes. The name 'Toadstool' comes from its appearance: The mushroom (why is it poisonous?) is tilted towards SW and shows a nicely curved cap. At the right side of the fungal stem you can find the galaxy NGC7025. We have named it lovingly 'Fußpilzgalaxie' (athlete's foot galaxy) ;-)

152mm f/5.9, 22x, Bortle 3-, SQM-L 21.3
Wonderful view with beautifully curved hat :-)

EASY
12.5" f/4.5, 72x, Bortle 3-, SQM-L 21.2
Very nice, obvious group of stars, that really looks like a mushroom.
EASY

Kemble 1 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 120×120'
Name: Kemble 1, Kemble's Cascade
Type: AST
Constellation: Cam
Coordinates: 03h57m30.00s / +63°04'00.00"
Brightness / Size: v5.0 mag / 180.0x180.0'
The DSS image shows only an extract of the region. On the southeastern end you can find the evident cluster NGC1502.

naked eye, Bortle 4
With the naked eye the prominent chain of brighter stars is well visible.

EASY
8" f/6, 37x, Bortle 4
Starting from a 5.0m star there are two opposite chains of fainter stars. Brighter stars forms a widely extended chain, which can be followed over 2°. More an object for binoculars.
EASY

Kemble 2 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 40×40'
Name: Kemble 2, Little Cassiopeia, Mini Cassiopeia, Little Queen
Type: AST
Constellation: Dra
Coordinates: 18h35m35.00s / +72°23'56.00"
Brightness / Size: v7.0 mag / 30.0x30.0'
B 40mm, 8x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.1, SQM-L 21.1
Quite evident group of stars, where 3 brighter stars were most obvious and form an isosceles triangle. Overall I could see 6 stars quite easily. But I didn't took care of the "little Cassiopeia".

EASY
8" f/6, 37x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.1, SQM-L 21.0
Quite evident group of brighter and moderately bright stars. The "little Cassiopeia", formed by the brighter stars, was well visible. Overall I could see about 10-15 stars.
EASY

Leiter 5 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 15×15'
Name: Leiter 5, The Sword
Type: AST
Constellation: Aql
Coordinates: 19h33m30.00s / +11°42'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 12.0x4.0'
This asterism was discovered by Klaus Spruck and Stefan Schuchhardt. Many faint stars form a sword pointing to the north. Visually the asterism is more apparent than on the DSS image.

8" f/6, 80x, Bortle 3-, SQM-L 21.2
SQM-L 21.0: At 37x less evident. At 80x the 'sword' is quite apparent.
EASY

Leiter 15 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS I - 5×5'
Name: Leiter 15
Type: AST
Constellation: Sct
Coordinates: 18h51m47.00s / -05°44'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 3.0x3.0'
8" f/6, 80x, Bortle 4, SQM-L 21.1
SQM-L 20.3: At 37x visible as a compact group of stars. At 80x the four brightest stars become visible. The southeastern chain of stars is at 80x faint, at 200x quite well visible with averted vision.
EASY

M73 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 5×5'
Name: M73, NGC6994
Type: AST
Constellation: Aqr
Coordinates: 20h58m56.00s / -12°38'00.00"
Brightness / Size: v8.9 mag / 2.8x2.8'
8" f/6, 80x, Bortle 3
A few moderately bright stars in a small area. Somewhat evident.
EASY

NGC6659 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 10×10'
Name: NGC6659
Type: AST
Constellation: Her
Coordinates: 18h34m05.00s / +23°35'42.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 10.0x10.0'
8" f/6, 37x, Bortle 4, NELM 6.1
Not evident. Three moderately bright stars of about 10.5m form a triangle. Some scattered fainter stars around. Don't know what exactly belongs to this asterism.
MODERATE

NGC6815 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 10×10'
Name: NGC6815
Type: AST
Constellation: Vul
Coordinates: 19h40m44.00s / +26°45'32.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 3.0x3.0'
8" f/6, 37x, Bortle 4
A group of moderately bright stars. Somewhat evident.
EASY

NGC6882 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 18×18'
Name: NGC6882, H8.22
Type: AST
Constellation: Vul
Coordinates: 20h11m54.00s / +26°49'00.00"
Brightness / Size: v8.1 mag / 18.0x18.0'
80mm f/6.25, 25x, Bortle 6, NELM 5.0
NGC6882 is extended over a larger field and contains some brighter and fainter stars, which are scattered more or less apparent between 19 Vul and 20 Vul.
EASY

NGC7093 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 6×6'
Name: NGC7093
Type: AST
Constellation: Cyg
Coordinates: 21h34m42.00s / +46°01'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 6.0x6.0'
8" f/6, 80x, Bortle 4
Three moderately bright stars (10-11.5m) form a nearly equilateral triangle.
EASY

NGC7134 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS I - 5×5'
Name: NGC7134, The Glum Cyclops
Type: AST
Constellation: Cap
Coordinates: 21h48m56.00s / -12°58'24.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 1.0x1.0'
12.5" f/4.5, 110x, Bortle 3-, SQM-L 21.2
The bright 11.33 mag star (the eye) was well visible. Next to this star I saw a curved chain of faint stars to some extent due to high clouds.
EASY

NGC7708 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 30×30'
Name: NGC7708
Type: AST
Constellation: Cep
Coordinates: 23h36m17.00s / +72°50'59.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 30.0x30.0'
8" f/6, 37x, Bortle 6
Less evident. Stars of different brightness are scattered over a quite large area, especially on the western end.

NGC7833 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 15×15'
Name: NGC7833
Type: AST
Constellation: Peg
Coordinates: 00h06m31.50s / +27°38'30.00"
Brightness / Size: - / -
8" f/6, 216x, Bortle 4
At this position I only could see a curved chain of two brighter and two fainter stars. Can be seen on the DSS image below on the right. Not obvious. Was it really NGC7833?

Pothier 11 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 40×40'
Name: Pothier 11, Jaws
Type: AST
Constellation: Vir
Coordinates: 12h38m50.00s / -11°20'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 25.0x25.0'
Southeast of the asterism is Messier 104 (bottom left corner on the DSS image). The shark seems to swim around Messier 104 clockwise.

120mm f/5, 40x, Bortle 7, NELM 5.0, SQM-L 19.1
Hazy sky, 1/3 moon: At 18x the chain of three stars is most obvious, which form the jaws. At 40x also the fainter stars become visible and the Shark is well noticeable. Very nice :-)
EASY

Stargate (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (red) - 15×15'
Name: Stargate, Canali 1
Type: AST
Constellation: Crv
Coordinates: 12h35m45.00s / -12°01'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 8.0x8.0'
120mm f/5, 18x, Bortle 7, NELM 5.0, SQM-L 19.1
Hazy sky, 1/3 moon: At 18x more or less obvious. At 40x also the faintest star becomes visible and the Stargate is noticeable as such.
EASY

Webb 2 (AST)

DSS
Image source: DSS II (blue) - 12×12'
Name: Webb 2, Webb's Wreath, Ruby Ring
Type: AST
Constellation: Her
Coordinates: 18h02m32.00s / +26°21'00.00"
Brightness / Size: - / 5.0x5.0'
120mm f/5, 40x, Bortle 5+, SQM-L 20.8
SQM-L 20.5: Quite evident semicircle of rather faint stars.
EASY