Claire’s Ring

As part of setting up my camera mount I take a lot of pictures of the area around the north star. There is a cluster of faint stars that look a bit like an engagement ring with Polaris as the diamond. As far as I know the structure has no name so I’ve decided it should be called Claire’s Ring.

This is from a single exposure 1 second ISO 6400 through the 200mm Takumar lens at about f/5.6. I boosted it with Paintshop Pro 5. Stellarium identifies the brighter star in Claire’s Ring as HD 5914 magnitude 6.5 so maybe visible to good eyes under dark skies. The others are all magnitude 8’ish.


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