8 Lacertae

The lizard's tail is 1 Lacerta, far to the south, and most easily found from Pegasus.
      At the Great Square of Pegasus move to the northwest corner of the Square, beta Pegasi. Now northwest about 5 is eta Pegasi and double this distance north-northwest is 1 Lacertae.

Just east of 1 Lac are two Struve binaries:
      Struve 2894 (yellow and blue), AB: 6.2, 8.9; 194, 15.9".
      Struve 2906: 6.5, 9.6; 1, 4.2".

Move one binocular field northeast of 1 Lacertae to find 8 Lacertae nearly centred.

8 Lacertae is a wonderful multiple binary system in which most of the components are quite wide. Usually reported as white stars, you may find a subtle color difference among its components:
      AB: 5.7. 6.3; 186, 22.4".
      AC: 5.7, 10.4; 168, 48.5".
      AD: 5.7, 9.1; 144, 81.4".
      AE: 5.7, 7.2; 239, 337.8".


6 Lacertae is on the northern edge of your field of view; from this star move northwest one binocular field and you'll find 2 and 5 Lacertae.

Click on 2 Lacertae on the map to continue.

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