12 Lyncis

You have presumably followed the stars up from Kui 37, or come east from beta Camelopardali.

You may find this asterism, in the form of a skewed box, helpful in finding the northern tip of Lynx: asterism.

In any event, you should be here.

No fewer than five binaries are in this field of view; of these four are accessible.
     The one we're leaving out is 14 Lyncis, a vast multiple star system of seven members, none of which is readily accessible, either too close or far too dim.

The brightest star in this group is 15 Lyncis. If you are a Star Trek fan, you will be acquainted with this star. For the benefit of those not into science fiction we won't dwell on the fictional role this star has taken on.
      The binary consists of two golden stars: 4.5, 5.5; 230, 0.6".

The others in this group are:
      5 Lyn (S 514)AB: 8.6, 9.6; 0, 80.2".
      12 Lyn (Struve 948), a fine triple system:
          AB (yellow, blue): 5.4, 6.0, 69, 1.9".
          AC: 5.4, 7.1; 304, 9.3".
          AD: 5.4, 10.5; 259, 171.9".
      Struve 958 (two identical yellow stars, a very pleasant sight): 6.3, 6.3; 257, 4.5".


Move one binocular field east to find 19 Lyn (Struve 1062), a lovely double: 5.8, 7.0; 315, 15".

Finally move one binocular field south to 21 Lyncis. Here we'll find the last two telescopic binaries of this intriguing constellation that we will vist.
          Struve 1009 (two identical white stars): 6.9, 7.0; 148, 4.2".
          Struve 1065 (also two identical white stars, slightly dimmer): 7.5, 7.7; 255, 14.9".


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