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    Re: Obscure Nautical Almanac star
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2021 Jan 1, 07:09 -0800

    Robin Stuart, you wrote:
    "When star-hopping I have always thought of Eta Carinæ as being roughly midway between the Southern Cross and prominent False Cross asterism which is at bottom right of your image."

    Thanks! While we're here, do you have a name for the third cross? A couple of sources refer to it as the Diamond Cross, but I have only seen this from recent browsing. Is it a common name? 

    You added:
    "That region between the two crosses is a particularly rich area to explore with a small telescope"

    It looks awesome. I have never seen it. Since we're all stuck in place, probably for another six months or more, I have been fantasizing about a trip to a southern latitude, and I have been chasing down stars at high southern declinations. I even pulled out my dusty copy of "Sky Atlas 2000" for some imaginary southern viewing...  Don't know if you saw my recent post about catching Regor, gamma Velorum, at meridian passage which was all of 1.4° altitude from here. 

    Frank Reed

       
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