ε Centauri


Epsilon Centauri is a very bright blue-white star which marks the Centaur's left thighbone. It is a close binary in its own right: 2.4, 4.9; 62, 0.2" with another very faint 13 companion.

Three binaries are in this field of view. The two most obvious are N and Q, which form a bright triangle with epsilon. These two are fine telescopic binaries:

N, also known as Rmk 18: 5.2, 7.5; 288, 18.2"

Q, with the binary label DUN 141: 5.2, 6.5; 163, 5.4"

The third binary is more difficult to find, and is only optical, but a fine view in binoculars.
     Northeast of epsilon you see a line of stars which make their way toward the southern edge. Follow this line all the way down to the southeastern edge of your view and you'll find DUN 151, a very nice binocular sight: 7.6, 8.8; 55, 36.2".

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