α Camelopardali


Alpha Camelopardali isnít the brightest star in the constellation. Beta Cam has that distinction. But as they are found in the same region, we can deal with them together. The two form part of the front leg of the giraffe, best seen with the naked eye.

Just south of alpha Cam is beta Cam, then further south about the same distance is 7 Cam. These three stars, easily seen with the naked eye, form the front leg of the giraffe.

Now extend your view directly west of beta about twice its distance from alpha. This bright star - nearly the same brilliance as beta - is Struve 385. Struve 385, along with 7 Cam, forms one of the giraffe's front feet.

Much of the interest in Camelopardalis comes from this region, between beta Camelopardalis and Struve 385.

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