α Coronae Australis


Alpha Coronae Australis and beta CrA are in the same field. Indeed, the entire asterism of the ‘crown’ fits into one binocular field of view: binoculars.

The constellation is directly west of alpha Sagittarii. Centre alpha Sagittarii in your glasses and move one field west-northwest.

NGC 6729, described as a "small comet wisp" by Burnham, is betweem gamma amd epsilon; this object and its neighbouring nebulosities 6726 and 6727 are only enjoyed in the largest of telescopes and thusly are not indicated on our binocular view.

The very pleasant telescopic binary Brs14 is found between epsilon and gamma as well, a little closer to epsilon: 6.3, 6.6; 280º, 13.1".

The brightest star here, gamma CrA, is a close binary with an orbit of 121.76 years: 4.5, 6.4; 9º, 1.3"—orbit.


Move your field of view a little less than a full field southwest: lambda CrA and kappa CrA are both binaries for small telescopes. Click on kappa on the map for more details.

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