• Constellation: Sagittarius
  • Right Ascension: 17h 52m 00.72665s
  • Declination: −28° 01′ 20.5622″
  • Distance: 1,359 - 6,000+
  • Apparent Magnitude: 8.59 - 11.0

A very large red giant star located withing the constellation bounds of Sagittarius. If it was located where our Sun was, it would extend out past Mars. A pulsating long period variable star with a long period of around 670 days. It varies in magnitude from 8.5 to 11.0 over its long period, with a smaller magnitude pulsation period of around a third of a day. There are no reliable distance measurements other that its far enough away that parallax measurements are currently unreliable.  It is the reddish brighter star located near the center. A rich star field for a back drop as we look towards the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

  • Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera: ZWO 2600 MM