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The celestial sphere carried by Atlas on
his back is the oldest depiction of the sky
as the ancients saw it. The globe features
the celestial equator, the ecliptic with the
zodiac band, the Arctic and Antarctic
circles, the colure and the constellations
(19 northern, 14 southern) with the 12
signs of the zodiac.
Imagines Constellationum Borealium
• (1552–1622)
Dutch cartographer and
constellation inventor.
• A Plancius globe of 1612
introduced Camelopardalis
and Monoceros, along with
others in both hemispheres
that never gained
acceptance: Jordan, Tigris,
Apes (Musca Borealis),
Gallus, Cancer Minor, and
Sagitta Australe.
Celestial globe
by Petrus
Plancius, 1625
• Coined in English 1785, the
word camelopardalis comes
from the Latin and it is the
romanisation of the Greek
"καμηλοπάρδαλις" meaning
"giraffe", from "κάμηλος"
(kamēlos), "camel"+ "πάρδαλις"
(pardalis), "leopard", due to its
having a long neck like a camel
and spots like a leopard.
Jacob Bartsch
(Jacobus Bartschius )
(c. 1600 – 26 December 1633)
German astronomer.
Usus Astronomicus
Planisphaerii Stellati
(Strasburgo) 1624
Bartsch married Johannes Kepler's
daughter Susanna on 12 March
1630 and helped Kepler with his
calculations. After Kepler's death in
1630, Bartsch edited Kepler's
posthumous work Somnium. He also
helped gather money from Kepler's
estate for his widow.
Bartsch died in Lauban in 1633.
Usus Astronomicus
Planisphaerii Stellati
(Strasburgo) 1624
Philippe De La Hire
Astronomo, matematico e artista francese (1640-1718)
Le Globe Celeste representé en deux Plans Hemispheres par Mons De La Hire
Professeur Royal et de l'Academie des Sciences, A Paris chez Chiquet 1719
by Johann Elert Bode
• Published
in 1801
Quick Facts
• Although Camelopardalis is the 18th largest constellation, (757 sq.
deg. ) it is not a particularly bright constellation, as the brightest
stars are only of fourth magnitude.
• β Camelopardalis is the brightest star, at apparent magnitude
4.03. This star is a double star, with components of magnitudes 4.0
and 7.4.
• The second brightest is CS Camelopardalis, which has neither a
Bayer nor a Flamsteed designation. It is of magnitude 4.21 and is
slightly variable.
• Other double stars interesting to amateurs are OΣ 67
Camelopardalis with a greenish companion, 19 Camelopardalis
(probably an optical double), and Σ 1694 Camelopardalis (a blue
and yellow optical double). Other variable stars are U
Camelopardalis, VZ Camelopardalis, and Mira variables T
Camelopardalis, X Camelopardalis, and R Camelopardalis.
4-6th mag.
What do you see?
Deep Sky
IC 342
Spiral Galaxy
Right Ascension: 3 : 46.8 (hours : minutes)
Declination: +68 : 06 (degrees : minutes)
Apparent Magnitude: 9. p
Apparent Diameter: 17.8 (arc minutes)
St 23
Open Cluster
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Camelopardalis
Right ascension 07h 36m 51.4s
Declination +65° 36′ 09″
Redshift 131 ± 3 km/s
Distance 8 Mly (2.5 Mpc)
Type SAB(s)cd
Apparent dimensions (V) 21′.9 ×
Apparent magnitude (V) 8.9
Can be seen in binoculars from country skies, sometimes fools comet hunters. NGC 2403
possesses about 100 emission regions as well as 27 variable stars. Larger instruments will
reveal many of these regions that seem to take on likeliness to M33. Three supernovae have
been spotted in this galaxy, one in 1954 (SN 1954J) with the others, a half a century later in
2002 (SN 2002kg) and in 2004 (SN 2004DJ).
NGC 1502
listed at magnitude 5.7 and
contains about 15 stars including
a couple of doubles names
Struve 484 and Struve 485. NGC
1502 is also one end of Kemble’s
Cascade. This string of stars
might seem to be from the same
group but the Cascade is only a
chance lineup of varying distant
(1730 – 1817)
• Cataloged
The Giraffe is home to 53 NGC
objects, most of which are
(Oyster Nebula )
Magnitude 14.5 WolfRayet star is embedded in
a bluish halo. At 4,800 ly
away NGC 1501 is more
than four times farther
and 3 times larger than
the famous Ring Nebula.
NGC- 2336
Well structured
galaxy with numerous
delicate arms. It is
listed as magnitude
10.9 and rests some
110 million ly away.
NGC 2336 does have
the distinction of
being the northern
most galaxy closest to
Tilted galaxy with detailed
arm structure. This SBc
galaxy glows at magnitude
11.4. NGC 2715 measures
5 arc minutes of sky and is
an estimated 62 million ly