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Glenn Chaple's observing basics: Visit the dog pound

February 2006: Home to a magnificent 1st-magnitude star and a delightful array of deep-space sights, Canis Major is a veritable winter playground for the astronomy enthusiast.
I'm going to the dogs and taking you with me. Don't get upset — it's actually one dog, and he's going to be our canine companion on these long, cold February nights. I'm referring to that heavenly dog Canis Major. Home to a magnificent 1st-magnitude star and a delightful array of deep-space sights, Canis Major is a veritable winter playground for the astronomy enthusiast.

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