Astro photography

The Coathanger

The Coathanger, August 17, 2007. When viewed through a pair of binoculars this asterism, in the middle of the photograph, really does look like an upside down coathanger. It's found along one edge of the Summer Triangle, which has the stars Deneb, Vega and Altair at each corner. Located in the constellation Vulpecula, (The Little Fox) it is a little over half way from Vega to Altair. The Coathanger is also known as Brocchi's Cluster, and Collinder 399.

To view the Coathanger in the context of the Summer Triangle, look to the centre of this photograph, taken a year ealier.

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