Struve 1694

Struve 1694 represents the giraffe's head. It's far to the north and is in fact easier to find if you start at the North Pole, with both the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper in view: Struve 1694.

This binary, which is sometimes listed as 32 Camelopardali (i.e. Sky Catalogue 2000), is a fairly wide pair of nearly equal stars, easily seen in small telescopes: 5.3, 5.7, PA 324 and separation 21".

Assuming you've found the star with the naked eye, binoculars show the star is in a rather barren part of the northern skies.

There is another telescopic binary in the same field: Struve 1625: 7.2, 7.8; PA 219 and separation 14.5".

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