δ Capricorni

Delta Capricorni (Deneb Algeidi, the Ibex's or Goat's tail) is the brightest star in Capricornus at 2.85 visual magnitude. The star marks the asterism's furthest point to the east (quite appropriately, if it's the tail.)

To find delta, with beta Capricorni in the centre, move five and a half binocular fields east: binoculars.

It may be easier, and quicker, with the naked eye, if you are acquainted with Aquarius, just north of Capricornus. From beta Aquarii follow a line of bright stars southeast and then due south, that seemingly flow into the delta-gamma Capricorni group.

Now with kappa and epsilon at the northern edge of your glasses, you'll find M3 near the south-eastern edge.

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