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a Apodis

Alpha Apodis is a fourth-magnitude star in the faint Southern Hemisphere constellation of Apus, ‘Bird of Paradise’.

The star is found by dropping due south three complete fields of view from alpha Centauri. The view shows the only binary of interest in the constellation -- delta -- at the opposite edge.

This wide binary (4.7, 5.3, PA 12º and separation 103") is nicely suited for binoculars. You may find the two components to have a slight colour contrast, reddish and orange, although most observers report both as orange.

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