Abell 75 is a snap to locate less than Io east-northeast of 2.5-magnitude Alpha Cephei (Alderamin
), the brightest star in its constellation, and 15' east-southeast of a 7.4-magnitude star.
NGC 7008 lies in Cygnus, close to the Cepheus border, at RA 21h 00m 33s and Dec +54[degrees]' 32' 35" (2000.0), almost midway between a line joining mag 1.3 Deneb ([alpha] Cygni) and mag 2.4 Alderamin
(in 2,000 to 5,500 years), the stars Al Rai, Alfirk, and Alderamin
, will each shine near this royal throne.
Cunningham DD752: Ray Hawley (619) 440-3888 USS Alchiba AKA6-AKA23: Bob Litten (828) 524-8053 USS Alderamin
AK-116: Loren Brown (419) 693-6680 USS Altamaha CVE-18: Don Dolan (619) 469-5808 USS American Legion APA-17: Wally Glas (715) 277-3592 USS Amsterdam CL-101: Leon Stewart Sr.
The pole will be closest to Gamma Cephei (Errai) in about AD 4200, pass lovely double Xi ([xi]) Cephei (Kurhah) around the year 6700, come within a few degrees of Alpha Cephei (Alderamin
) around 7500, and edge by Mu ([mu]) Cephei (Herschel's Garnet Star) around 8000.
Even armed with helpful charts and prompting from the telescopes themselves, many beginners couldn't distinguish Arcturus from Antares, especially in an urban sky, let alone identify alignment stars such as Alderamin
Look for it 5[degrees] southeast of Alderamin
& all spars at spar barracks: Rocky Lavalle (515) 648-3514 USS Alderamin
AK-116 (WWII): Loren Brown 217 Longdale Ave., Toledo, OH 43605 USS Platte AO24: Lynn Todd (918) 227-1295 VA702/145 on Boxed/Dearsarge (Korea 1951-53): Jim Davies (843) 237-8454; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org * CLAIMS
As the NCP travels down the middle of the "house" of Cepheus, it slips between Iota ([iota]) Cephei and Alfirk, or Beta ([beta]) Cephei, before closing within 2[degrees] of Alderamin
(Alpha Cephei) in AD 7500.
Regulus, Vega, and Alderamin
(Alpha Cephei) rotate about their axes roughly twice a day.
Another moment of thinking and the RCX400 headed to its second alignment star, Alderamin
(Alpha Cepheus), which is not a star I could have identified by its name alone even though it will be our pole star 5,500 years from now!
Aries, the Ram, sports 2.0-magnitude Hamal, and high in the north Cepheus, the King, sparkles with 2.5-magnitude Alderamin