The Deep Photographic Guide to the

The constellation of the month

Sextans, Hydra

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Latin: Sextans (Sex), Hydra (Hya)
English: Sextant, Water Snake Spanish: Sextante, Hidra
German: Sextant, Nördl. Wasserschlange French: Sextant, Hydre Femelle

Shown are the constellations of Sextans (left) and the upper right part of Hydra (right), which represents the snakes head (see lines). The entire constellation of the Water Snake extends much longer into south eastern direction in the sky (see the wide angle image). The above field is intersecting with the neighboring constellations of (clockwise from left hand side) Crater, Leo, Cancer, Canis Minor, and Monoceros.

In mid of March the field culminates at about 22:00 LT (10:00 pm). The declination of these constellations ranges from -35 to +7 degrees. The constellation of Sextans has a very faint appearance, its brightest star has a visual magnitude of just 4.5 mag. Hydra is brighter and more easy to find. Its brightest star (lower center) is 2.0 mag and the "Head" (upper right) gives you a very distinctive group of stars.

There are no bright and extended deep sky objects in the above field.

© all photographs taken by Till Credner and Sven Kohle