Southern Hemisphere

features of interest alpha (a) capRIcoRNI 2 1 A wide pairing of unrelated 4th-magnitude stars, visible separately through binoculars or even with sharp eyesight. Alpha-1 (a1) Capricorni is a yellow supergiant nearly 700 light-years away, while Alpha-2 (a2) is a yellow giant that lies at less than one-sixth of that distance.

beta (P) capricorni 1 5 A wide double star, comprising a 3rd-magnitude yellow giant with a 6th-magnitude blue-white companion visible through small telescopes or even good binoculars.

M30 5 A modest globular cluster visible as a hazy patch through small telescopes. Larger apertures show chains of stars extending from it like fingers.

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