γ Gruis

To find gamma Gruis move one and a half binocular fields northwest from delta Gruis: binoculars.

Gamma forms the head, or possibly the eye, of the Crane (sources vary).

In the same field, on the western edge, is the telescopic binary h5288: 7.6, 9.1; 60, 19.6".


Finally, to the south of the constellation are three fine binaries, similar in brightness, easiest to locate with the naked eye.

From gamma describe a south-eastward arc down through delta and beta then straight down to epsilon and finally zeta Guis. Find this star in your binoculars.

   The three DUN binaries resemble each other in brightness, both for the primary and for the dimmer companion:
      DUN 246: 6.3, 7.1; 254, 9.1".
      DUN 248: 6.2, 6.6; 212, 17.0".
      DUN 249: 6.1, 7.1; 211, 26.5"

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