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

Aladin viewer for the region around Kaffaljidhma
Gamma Ceti, γ Cet, 86 Cet
Σ 299, BD+02 422, HD 16970, HR 804, WDS J02433+0314, SAO 110707, HIP 12706

Type  Star
Magnitude  3.47
Right Ascension  2h 43' 18.0"  (2000)
Declination  3° 14' 9" N
Constellation  Cetus
Classification  A2Vn+F4V
Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
Aug 18, 2021    Waikoloa, HI (map)
20cm f/6 Newtonian, Cave Astrola @ 76x
Seeing: 6 Transparency: 6 Moon: 0%

Brilliant white, a 7th magnitude 2" companion not visible

Captain William Henry Smyth
Nov 7, 1831    No. 6 The Crescent, Bedford, England (map)
150mm f/17.6 refractor by Tully 1827

A second-grade Greenwich star, in the Whale's mouth, and closely double. A 3, pale yellow; B 7, lucid blue, the colours finely contrasted. With my instrument this beautiful object is certainly not so very difficult to measure, as the above discordancies would indicate; so leaving the unravelment of the anomaly to future inquiry on comparing my results with those of Σ. H. and D., I consider its fixity established. The amount of proper motion through space assigned to A, has been thus valued:
    P....  RA -0".35  Dec. -0".20
B.... -0".11 -0".16
A.... -0".13 -0".17
[Hipparcos -0".14610 -0".14612]
The Arabian astronomers applied the name of Kaff-al-jidhma, the maimed hand, to a group of stars forming the Whale's head; and which, though limited by Ideler to α Cet, δ Cet, λ Cet, μ Cet, and ξ Ceti, has been latterly applied exclusively to γ Cet. There are vestiges shewing that the Orientals had a large asterism here in very early times, probably before Cepheus and the Ethiopian plague were thought of. A line from β Andromedae through β Arietis, the centre of the three stars in the Ram's head, points nearly upon γ Ceti at about 25° beyond, or as far again; and it is nearly in mid-distance between Algenib and Rigel.
― A Cycle of Celestial Objects Vol II, The Bedford Catalogue, William Henry Smyth, 1844
Other Data Sources for Kaffaljidhma
Nearby objects for Kaffaljidhma
7 objects found within 60'
IC 1834 IC 1836 IC 1843
IC 1844 IC 244
NGC 1085

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