Leiter 3: The Gallows

Object data:

Position: RA 04h 28m 50s Dec +83d 56m 38s
Size: 5'
Brightest star: PPM 741=V408 Cep, 5.5 mag


As a child one learns, how to draw a tiny hill with a gallows on it. In schooldays it even is a game.
Now have a look at this asterism near Polaris. It lookes best with a Field of View of about 45 arcminutes. for Dobson-Observers the best time to have a look at it is around early evening in spring as the "hill" is north of the "gallows". The brightest star is V408 Cep around 5.5mag.
detailed view of Le3

How to find it

Here are two finder-charts for the object (click to enlarge). Extend the connecting line from delta UMi to alpha UMi and watch out for a pair of stars of magnitude 5.5 in a distance of 5.5 degree to Polaris. They are one moon's diameter apart from eachother. Le 3 is attached to the northern star of the pair.


All charts generated with Guide 8.