α Corvi


Alpha Corvi is an oddity: a fourth-magnitude ‘alpha’, particularly when there are four stars in Corvus which are brighter!

The four corner stars of the asterism are all brighter than alpha. The constellation is best seen in its entirety with the naked eye; from Spica (alpha Virginis) move about five binocular fields southwest. The 'tail' of the bird is in fact alpha.

We are quite close to a Messier object, south in Hydra. Move one binocular field east to find beta Corvi, then one binocular field south for M68. Details of this globular cluster are found in Hydra.

From alpha Corvi move a little over one field north-northeast: delta Crv. Click on delta on the map for its details.

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