The Deep Photographic Guide to the

The constellation of the month

Crater, Corvus

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Latin: Crater (Crt), Corvus (Crv)
English: Cup, Crow Spanish: Copa de Baco, Cuervo
German: Becher, Rabe French: Coupe, Corbeau

The faint constellation of Crater is shown on the right hand side and the somewhat brighter constellation Corvus on the left hand side (see lines). The trapeze of Corvus is with its about three mag bright main stars more or less distinctive whereas Crater is much fainter.

In mid of April the above field culminates at about 22:00 LT (10 pm). However, the two constellations are quite south and just reach about 20 degrees above the southern horizon for observers at 50 degrees latitude. The declination of these constellations ranges from -25 to -6 degrees. To find them at the sky you should have a look south of the more prominent constellations of Leo and Virgo.

The above field is far away from the equator of our milky way. No bright galactic deep sky objects are visible but a few galaxies are present. (See enlargements of deep sky objects.)

© all photographs taken by Till Credner and Sven Kohle