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The wonky Plough in Orion's Belt.

1 Feb 2018, 17:23 UTC
The wonky Plough in Orion's Belt.
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Saturday 27th of January 2018 - 10x50 binoculars- Gibbous lightApart from clouds hugging the nearby hill of Foel Drygarn, tonight's sky was clear and bathed in a wonderful gibbous moonlight.Over the village of Crymych, only the 1st to 3rd magnitude stars were visible.Out of all the twinkling luminaries, the three stars of Orion's belt grabbed my attention.With only binoculars to view, I spent several minutes just observing the belt. The stars near Alnilam took on the appearance of the Plough asterism, albeit a bit of a wonky plough!What could be called the "pointers" of the wonky Plough, laid a direct path to the beautiful yellowish/orange star called 31 Orionis.Orion's belt and its surrounding meadow of stars can keep the binocular astronomer busy for hours.Even though this evenings sky was washed out by moonlight, and my binoculars are one step away from the dustbin! (I must find myself a better set) it was a joy tonight to wander amongst the stars of the Three Kings.Clear SkiesMark..

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