Asterisms – Kimble’s Kite, Kite Cluster

Original article appears in GuideStar October, 2021.

By: Steve Goldberg

Asterism: a grouping of stars that form a recognizable pattern.
Constellation: Cassiopeia
Right Ascension:  03h 27m 00.0s
Declination: +71° 50' 00"
Magnitude: 7 to 8
Size: 1.5 Degrees                            

This month’s Asterism is called Kimble’s Kite or the Kite Cluster. It is on the border of Cassiopeia and Camelopardalis.

To locate this grouping, use Delta δ and Epsilon ε CAS as pointers to Gamma γ CAM.

Here is a detailed finder chart with more stars between Cassiopeia and Camelopardalis.

 

 

 

 

Here is a picture showing the kite pattern. One corner is the star 15 CAS, also known as Kappa κ CAS.

Since the object is about 1.5 degrees across, use your lowest power eyepiece and also see if it is in your finder

Photo courtesy of “Ugly Hedgehog® - Photography Forum”, user Jimh123.

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