β Mensae

Beta Mensae is a yellow giant just on the southern edge of the Large Megallanic Cloud.

The constellation has only fifth- and sixth-magnitude stars; alpha Mens at 5.08 is the brightest; beta at 5.3 is the third brightest.

Alpha Mensae is seven degrees southeast of beta in a rather isolated region. Most of Mensa's stars are due south of beta.

About one field south of beta is gamma, an optical binary with very faint companion.

In the same field is h3673: 8.1, 8.3; 67, 10.4".

Another 3/4 of a field south gives you delta Mensae, in a rich field of quite faint stars.

Among these faint stars are two faint but pleasant binaries:
      h3607 (yellow and blue): 8.5, 9.1; 128, 35.8".
      h3612: 8.3, 9.9; 164, 19.3".

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