001-025  026-050  051-075  076-100  101-125  126-150

 

Here is a list of the top 150 brightest stars and my attempts at imaging them. I am grateful to Jim Kaler’s page that had a lot of links I could use to pull together some of the same info he had in his list over at http://stars.astro.illinois.edu/sow/bright.html although he seemed to have a better data set for some of his distances and magnitudes, and where they differed, I followed his numbers for magnitude rather than the original source.

I’ve also grouped anything that had a companion or binary star into a single heading I’m calling “doubles”, and where he had two stars ranked as the same number (such as Rigil Kentaurus A and B), I counted them as separate numbers, and cut the list off at 150 or so. It doesn’t give you the nice scientific cut-off of magnitude 3, as his list does, but it still allows me to keep a few in the 101-150 range that would have been cut if I dropped to just 100, or 75, or 50.

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1

Sirius (Distance: 8.6 LY; Magnitude: -1.46; Number: Double; Colour: White; Type: Dwarf)

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Canopus (Distance: 309 LY; Magnitude: -0.72; Number: Single; Colour: Yellow-White; Type: Bright Giant)

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Rigil Kentaurus A (Distance: 4.36 LY; Magnitude: -0.01; Number: Double; Colour: Yellow; Type: Dwarf)

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Rigil Kentaurus B (Distance: 4.36 LY; Magnitude: 1.33; Number: Double; Colour: Orange; Type: Dwarf)

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Arcturus (Distance: 37 LY; Magnitude: -0.04; Number: Single; Colour: Orange; Type: Giant)

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Vega (Distance: 25 LY; Magnitude: 0.03; Number: Single; Colour: White; Type: Dwarf)

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Capella (Distance: 43 LY; Magnitude: 0.08; Number: Double; Colour: Yellow; Type: Giant)

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8

Rigel (Distance: 860 LY; Magnitude: 0.12; Number: Double; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Super Giant)

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Procyon (Distance: 11.5 LY; Magnitude: 0.34; Number: Double; Colour: Yellow-White; Type: Sub-Giant)

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Achernar (Distance: 140 LY; Magnitude: 0.46; Number: Single; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Dwarf)

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Hadar (Distance: 392 LY; Magnitude: 0.61; Number: Double; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Giant)

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Betelgeuse (Distance: 570 LY; Magnitude: 0.7; Number: Single; Colour: Red; Type: Super Giant)

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Altair (Distance: 16.7 LY; Magnitude: 0.77; Number: Single; Colour: White; Type: Dwarf)

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Acrux B (Distance: 325 LY; Magnitude: 1.8; Number: Double; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Dwarf)

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Acrux A (Distance: 325 LY; Magnitude: 1.3; Number: Double; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Sub-Giant)

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Aldebaran (Distance: 67 LY; Magnitude: 0.85; Number: Single; Colour: Orange; Type: Giant)

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Antares (Distance: 550 LY; Magnitude: 0.96; Number: Single; Colour: Red; Type: Super Giant)

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Spica (Distance: 250 LY; Magnitude: 1.04; Number: Double; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Dwarf)

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Pollux (Distance: 34 LY; Magnitude: 1.14; Number: Single; Colour: Orange; Type: Giant)

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Fomalhaut (Distance: 25 LY; Magnitude: 1.16; Number: Single; Colour: White; Type: Dwarf)

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Deneb (Distance: 1425 LY; Magnitude: 1.25; Number: Single; Colour: White; Type: Super Giant)

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Mimosa (Distance: 280 LY; Magnitude: 1.25; Number: Single; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Giant)

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Regulus (Distance: 79 LY; Magnitude: 1.35; Number: Double; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Dwarf)

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Adhara (Distance: 405 LY; Magnitude: 1.5; Number: Double; Colour: Blue-White; Type: Bright Giant)

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Castor (Distance: 51 LY; Magnitude: 1.58; Number: Quadruple; Colour: White; Type: Dwarf)

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