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Glenn Chaple's observing basics: Swimming with the Dolphin

September 2005: Of all the 88 recognized constellations, the one dearest to my heart is the humble little dolphin, Delphinus.
"Which is your favorite constellation?"

Whenever someone asks me this question, invariably, I think of Orion. Big, bright, and brash, the mighty Hunter dominates the sky as no other constellation does. I'm partial to Scorpius, also, because of the striking resemblance it bears to its namesake, the scorpion. Cassiopeia and Sagittarius also rank high on my list, each being a rich hunting ground for deep-sky treasures. But of all the 88 recognized constellations, the one dearest to my heart is the humble little dolphin, Delphinus.

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