DSS image of Sheratan
Overlaid DSS image of Sheratan, 60' x 60' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around Sheratan
Beta Arietis, β Ari, 6 Ari
BD+20 306, HD 11636, HR 553, WDS J01546+2049, SAO 75012, HIP 8903

Type  Star
Magnitude  2.6
Right Ascension  1h 54' 38.4"  (2000)
Declination  20° 48' 29" N
Constellation  Aries
Classification  kA4hA5mA5Va
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Feb 19, 2020    Waikoloa, HI (map)
20cm f/6 Newtonian, Cave Astrola @ 61x
Seeing: 7 Transparency: 6 Moon: 0%

Bright, blue-white, no companion visible

Captain William Henry Smyth
Dec 28, 1835    No. 6 The Crescent, Bedford, England (map)
150mm f/17.6 refractor by Tully 1827

A bright star with a distant companion, in a barren field near the tip of the Ram's horn, being the middle one of the three stars known as the Ram's head. A 3, pearly white; B 11, dusky, a still smaller star in the sf quadrant. This object was named Sheratan or Sharataïn, the dual of sharat, a sign, signifying γ and β, the two bright stars in the head of the Ram; with an interval between them and α, says Kazwíní, of two kaus, by eye-measurement: said kaus being used as synonymous with the astronomical ell of 2°. An imaginary line from the Pleiades to Markab, passes between them in the mid-distance of that line. They formed the first Lunar Mansion, if Kazwíní is preferred to Dr. Sedillot. A proper motion is given to A of the following value :
    P....  RA +0".14  Dec. -0".23
B.... +0".12 -0".11
[Hipparcos +0".09874 -0".11041]
― A Cycle of Celestial Objects Vol II, The Bedford Catalogue, William Henry Smyth, 1844
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