σ Octantis

The ‘Southern Pole Star’ is sigma Octantis, a very faint 5.45 magnitude star. At -88º 57' it is a little more than one degree away from the southern celestial pole, and slowly drifting away from it.

With beta Octantis centred move south one and a half binocular fields. You'll find a series of stars which form a hook-like asterism; sigma is in the middle of this asterism: binoculars.

If you reached sigma by coming down from beta, then continue that line, through sigma and on to zeta.

A fine binary, DUN 82, is about one degree east of zeta: 7.1, 7.6; 276º, 15.9".

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