The Binocular Sky


Davis’s Dog

Constellation: Tau
Object Type: Asterism
RA:  4h 24m 14s
Dec:  +21° 42' 57"
Magnitude: 4.2
Recommended minimum aperture: 50mm

Charts for 50mm Binocular (5° aperture circle).   Click on a chart to print it.


From the Pleiades, navigate 7.5° in the direction of the Hyades where, in a region spanning about 3.5° by 1.5°, you will find an group of fifteen or so stars of magnitude +8 and brighter.

What You Should See:

Three brighter stars form its head, and a string of four that includes the wide double star, mags 4.2 and 5.1 κ1 κ2Tau, make its tail. Its short legs are made of fainter stars. I see it as a dachshund viewed obliquely, but apparently John Davis, for whom this asterism is named, saw a beagle. What do you see?