Designation: α Canis Minoris
Hemisphere: Northern
Constellation: Canis Minor
Distance: 11.4 light years
Object type: Binary Star


Designated α Canis Minoris, Procyon is the brightest star in the constellation of Canis Minor and, with an apparent visual magnitude of 0.34, usually the eighth-brightest star in the night sky. It is a binary system composed of a white-hued main-sequence star (Procyon A) and a faint white dwarf (Procyon B).

Procyon lies at a distance of 11.46 light-years, which makes it one of Earth’s nearest stellar neighbours. It forms one of the three vertices of the Winter Triangle asterism, in combination with Sirius and Betelgeuse.


Mount: Celestron Evolution
Main Telescope: William Optics ZS73EDii
Main camera: ZWO ASI183MC-Pro
Main camera filter: Optolong UV/IR Cut

Acquisition details

Total integration time: 15 minutes
Acquisition software: SharpCap Pro
Processing software: PixInsight
Location: Luxembourg

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