μ Hydrae

(Mu Hydrae) is an orange giant some 350 light years away.

Of the two phi stars here, phi2 is a close and faint binary: 6.0, 12.2; 280, 3.5".

Two degrees south of mu Hydrae in the same field of view is the deep sky object NGC 3242, a planetary nebula with an apparent magnitude of 8.6, sometimes called "The Ghost of Jupiter". Medium sized telescopes show a round greenish object.

To the east just half a binocular field is nu Hydrae. Northwest of this star are two fine binaries: Struve 1473 and Struve 1474.
      Struve 1473: 7.7, 8.9; 10, 30.4".
   (this star is not found in the Cambridge Double Star Atlas)

Struve 1474 is a very nice triple all in a straight line:
      AB: 6.7, 7.0; 28, 67.8".
      AC: 6.7, 7.6; 28, 73.3".

Now sliding nu Hydrae to the far western edge, alpha Crateris comes into view: binoculars.

Centring alpha Crateris, move a binocular field southeast to find beta Crateris. Now place this star at the northern edge of your glasses and you will see chi1 Hydrae at the bottom of your glasses.

Click on chi1Hya on the map to continue.

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