Struve 385


The binary Struve 385 is nearly as bright as alpha and beta. However, the system isn't suited for binocular study: 4.2, 7.8; 162, 2.3".

Struve 385 is the western-most foot of the beast. It's found by moving a little over two binocular fields west of beta Cam: binoculars. Bear in mind that as the constellation is circumpolar, you may find it upside down (Winter) or on its side (Spring).

In this same binocular field are several other binaries, the best of which is part of a five-star multiple system found right in the centre of your binocular field. Most of the companions are too faint for binoculars, but companion D is quite suitable, 5.7, 8.5; 36 and separation 55". This star goes under the unwieldy name P III 97, and it is indicated on the graphic by the name P97 in a small box.

The most notable object of Camelopardalis is quite nearby. Centring Struve 385 then moving northeast one binocular field brings you to: NGC 1502 along with Kemble's Cascade.

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