γ Draconis

Gamma Draconis is the constellation's brightest star at 2.2 visual magnitude.

Named Eltanin -- from the Arabic Al Ras al Tinnin, ‘Dragon's Head’ -- the star is usually pictured as one of the ears.

The head itself isn't clearly defined but beta (the second brightest star, ‘Rastaban’) is sometimes given as the eye, the head being seen in profile.

The asterism is found by moving from Vega (alpha Lyrae) toward the bowl of the Little Dipper. One third this distance (about three and a half binocular fields) you'll encounter the Dragon's head.

The entire head should fit into your field of view.

In the same field the star just north of beta (and opposite the field of view from gamma) is nu Draconis, two white gems:
      4.9, 4.9, 311º, 62.0".

Now place gamma Draconis on the western edge of your glasses and move one field east: Struve 2348 is a multiple system:
      AB (yellow/blue; a close visual binary): 6.2, 6.4; 127º, 0.2"
      AC: 5.5, 8.7; 271º, 25.7"
      AD: 5.5, 11.2; 338º, 93.7"
      AE: 5.5, 12.2; 232º, 109.1"

Back to gamma Draconis - one binocular field west - then with gamma on the bottom edge of your glasses, one binocular field north brings you to epsilon Draconis and the double star 39 Draconis. Click on 39 Draconis on the map for its details.

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