Map created in Guide 7.0 with the figure outline based on Johannes Hevelius' Uranographia (1690). Click on the object's name to access its image or click on the name of adjacent constellation to see its map.
Perseus was a Greek hero who slayed Medusa, the snake-haired monster who turned whoever looked at her into stone. To accomplished that, he used polished shield as a mirror to guide his sword. Shold not he be considered a mirror maker and a patron of ATM groups?
After that success he mounted Pegasus and went of to defeat Cetus to save Andromeda, the daughter of Cassiopeia and Cepheus. He is immortalized in the sky, still holding Medusa's severed head in his hand - Algol marks one of her eyes.
Double Cluster is the easiest and still probably the most spectacular telescopic (and binocular) target in Perseus.
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