Using a combination of the RASC Observers’ Handbook and an online list by Jim Kaler, I’ve compiled a list of the 150 brightest stars for observing and potentially imaging. My list is not as neat as RASC’s or Kaler’s, as I grouped anything with a companion or binary star into simply “doubles” and separated some of them into two separate headings where Kaler had them together. I also cut the final list at an arbitrary 150.

For the purposes of a log, and separate from possible photos, some of the details that I will consider recording include: Location; Date/time; Sky conditions; Equipment; Mode: GoTo/Manual; EP/Magnification; Camera settings; Pre-Planning; Star Tools; Problems encountered or overcome; Initial comments upon seeing the object, such as size, shape, phase, visibility, brightness, colour, details, unique features, or other surrounding objects; and, Detailed comments such as steadiness, sub-features, impact of trying different filters, are there bright cores or dark voids, and how dense are the features.

RankNameGreek nameDistance (LY)MagnitudeNumberColourTypeLink
1SiriusAlpha CMa8.6-1.462WhiteDwarftbd
2CanopusAlpha Car309-0.721Yellow-WhiteBright Gianttbd
3ArcturusAlpha Boo37-0.041OrangeGianttbd
4Rigil Kentaurus AAlpha Cen A4.36-0.012YellowDwarftbd
5VegaAlpha Lyr250.031WhiteDwarftbd
6CapellaAlpha Aur430.082YellowGianttbd
7RigelBeta Ori8600.122Blue-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
8ProcyonAlpha CMi11.50.342Yellow-WhiteSub-gianttbd
9AchernarAlpha Eri1400.461Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
10HadarBeta Cen3920.612Blue-WhiteGianttbd
11BetelgeuseAlpha Ori5700.71RedSuper Gianttbd
12AltairAlpha Aql16.70.771WhiteDwarftbd
13AldebaranAlpha Tau670.851OrangeGianttbd
14AntaresAlpha Sco5500.961RedSuper Gianttbd
15SpicaAlpha Vir2501.042Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
16PolluxBeta Gem341.141OrangeGianttbd
17FomalhautAlpha PsA251.161WhiteDwarftbd
18MimosaBeta Cru2801.251Blue-WhiteGianttbd
19DenebAlpha Cyg14251.251WhiteSuper Gianttbd
20Acrux AAlpha Cru A3251.32Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
21Rigil Kentaurus BAlpha Cen B4.361.332OrangeDwarftbd
22RegulusAlpha Leo791.352Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
23AdharaEpsilon CMa4051.52Blue-WhiteBright Gianttbd
24CastorAlpha Gem511.584WhiteDwarftbd
25GacruxGamma Cru881.631RedGianttbd
26ShaulaLambda Sco3651.633Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
27BellatrixGamma Ori2451.641Blue-WhiteGianttbd
28ElnathBeta Tau1301.651Blue-WhiteGianttbd
29MiaplacidusBeta Car1111.681WhiteSub-gianttbd
30AlnilamEpsilon Ori13401.71Blue-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
31AlnitakZeta Ori8151.742BlueGianttbd
32Al NairAlpha Gru1011.741Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
33AliothEpsilon UMa811.771WhiteMagnetic Startbd
34RegorGamma-2 Vel12001.781BlueBinary Startbd
35DubheAlpha UMa1241.792OrangeGianttbd
36MirfakAlpha Per5901.791Yellow-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
37Acrux BAlpha Cru B3251.82Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
38WezenDelta CMa18001.841Yellow-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
39Kaus AustralisEpsilon Sgr1431.851Blue-WhiteGianttbd
40AlkaidEta UMa1011.861Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
41AviorEpsilon Car6301.862OrangeDwarftbd
42GirtabTheta Sco2721.871Yellow-WhiteBright Gianttbd
43MenkalinanBeta Aur821.92WhiteSub-gianttbd
44AtriaAlpha TrA4151.921OrangeGianttbd
45AlhenaGamma Gem1051.932WhiteSub-gianttbd
46PeacockAlpha Pav1831.942Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
47Delta VelDelta Vel801.965WhiteDwarftbd
48MirzamBeta CMa5001.981Blue-WhiteGianttbd
49AlphardAlpha Hya1771.981OrangeGianttbd
50AlgiebaGamma Leo1311.992OrangeGianttbd
51HamalAlpha Ari6621OrangeGianttbd
52PolarisAlpha UMi4302.023Yellow-WhiteBright Gianttbd
53NunkiSigma Sgr2252.021Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
54Deneb KaitosBeta Cet962.041OrangeGianttbd
55SaiphKappa Ori7202.061Blue-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
56AlpheratzAlpha And972.062Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
57MizarZeta UMa782.062WhiteDwarftbd
58MenkentTheta Cen612.061OrangeGianttbd
59MirachBeta And2002.062RedGianttbd
60RasalhagueAlpha Oph472.082WhiteGianttbd
61KochabBeta UMi1262.082OrangeGianttbd
62Beta GruBeta Gru1702.11RedGianttbd
63AlgolBeta Per932.122Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
64DenebolaBeta Leo362.141WhiteDwarftbd
65AlmachGamma And3552.162OrangeDwarftbd
66MuhlifainGamma Cen1302.172WhiteSub-gianttbd
67SadrGamma Cyg15002.21Yellow-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
68SuhailLambda Vel5752.211OrangeBright Gianttbd
69MintakaDelta Ori9152.232Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
70AlpheccaAlpha CrB752.232WhiteDwarftbd
71ShedarAlpha Cas2302.231OrangeGianttbd
72EltaninGamma Dra1482.231OrangeGianttbd
73NaosZeta Pup9702.251BlueSuper Gianttbd
74AspidiskeIota Car6902.251WhiteSuper Gianttbd
75CaphBeta Cas542.272Yellow-WhiteSub-gianttbd
76Eps ScoEpsilon Sco652.291OrangeGianttbd
77Eps CenEpsilon Cen3752.32Blue-WhiteGianttbd
78KakkabAlpha Lup5502.31Blue-WhiteGianttbd
79Eta CenEta Cen3102.311Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
80DschubbaDelta Sco4002.321Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
81MerakBeta UMa792.371WhiteDwarftbd
82AnkaaAlpha Phe772.391OrangeGianttbd
83EnifEpsilon Peg6702.391OrangeSuper Gianttbd
84Kappa ScoKappa Sco4502.412Blue-WhiteGianttbd
85ScheatBeta Peg2002.421RedGianttbd
86SabikEta Oph842.432WhiteDwarftbd
87PhecdaGamma UMa842.442WhiteDwarftbd
88AlderaminAlpha Cep492.441WhiteDwarftbd
89AludraEta CMa32002.451Blue-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
90Gienah CygniEpsilon Cyg722.462OrangeGianttbd
91Gamma CasGamma Cas5492.471Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
92MarkabAlpha Peg1402.491Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
93GraffiasBeta Sco5302.52Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
94MarkebKappa Vel5402.52Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
95MenkarAlpha Cet2202.531RedGianttbd
96Zeta CenZeta Cen3852.552Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
97Zeta OphZeta Oph4602.561BlueDwarftbd
98ZosmaDelta Leo582.561WhiteDwarftbd
99ArnebAlpha Lep13002.581Yellow-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
100GienahGamma Crv1652.591Blue-WhiteGianttbd
101IzarEpsilon Boo2052.592OrangeDwarftbd
102Delta CenDelta Cen3952.61Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
103ZubeneschamaliBeta Lib1602.611Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
104AscellaZeta Sgr892.612WhiteSub-gianttbd
105Theta AurTheta Aur1732.622WhiteSuper Gianttbd
106PhactAlpha Col2702.641Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
107SheratanBeta Ari602.642WhiteDwarftbd
108KrazBeta Crv1402.651YellowBright Gianttbd
109UnukalhaiAlpha Ser732.651OrangeGianttbd
110Beta LupBeta Lup5242.681Blue-WhiteGianttbd
111RuchbahDelta Cas992.682WhiteSub-gianttbd
112MuphridEta Boo372.681YellowSub-gianttbd
113LesathUpsilon Sco5202.691Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
114Alpha MusAlpha Mus3052.691Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
115Mu VelMu Vel1162.692YellowDwarftbd
116Al KabIota Aur5102.691OrangeBright Gianttbd
117Pi PupPi Pup9252.71OrangeSuper Gianttbd
118Kaus MediaDelta Sgr3052.72OrangeGianttbd
119TarazedGamma Aql4602.721OrangeBright Gianttbd
120PorrimaGamma Vir382.742Yellow-WhiteDwarftbd
121Al Dhibain PriorEta Dra882.742YellowGianttbd
122Yed PriorDelta Oph1702.741RedGianttbd
123Iota CenIota Cen592.751WhiteDwarftbd
124ZubenelgenubiAlpha-2 Lib772.752WhiteSub-gianttbd
125Theta CarTheta Car4402.761Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
126Nair al SaifIota Ori13002.772BlueGianttbd
127KornephorosBeta Her1482.772YellowGianttbd
128CebalraiBeta Oph822.771OrangeGianttbd
129Gamma LupGamma Lup4212.782Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
130CursaBeta Eri892.791WhiteGianttbd
131RastabanBeta Dra3622.792YellowSuper Gianttbd
132Delta CruDelta Cru3642.81Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
133Beta HyiBeta Hyi24.42.81YellowSub-gianttbd
134Cor CaroliAlpha CVn1102.812WhiteMagnetic Startbd
135TureisRho Pup632.811Yellow-WhiteBright Gianttbd
136Zeta HerZeta Her352.812YellowSub-gianttbd
137Kaus BorealisLambda Sgr772.811OrangeGianttbd
138Al NiyatTau Sco4302.821Blue-WhiteDwarftbd
139AlgenibGamma Peg3332.831Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
140VindemiatrixEpsilon Vir1022.831YellowGianttbd
141NihalBeta Lep1592.842YellowBright Gianttbd
142Zeta PerZeta Per9802.853Blue-WhiteSuper Gianttbd
143Beta TrABeta TrA402.851Yellow-WhiteGianttbd
144Beta AraBeta Ara6032.851OrangeBright Gianttbd
145Alpha HyiAlpha Hyi712.861Yellow-WhiteDwarftbd
146Alpha TucAlpha Tuc1992.862OrangeGianttbd
147AlcyoneEta Tau4302.871Blue-WhiteGianttbd
148Delta CygDelta Cyg1712.872Blue-WhiteSub-gianttbd
149Deneb AlgediDelta Cap392.872WhiteDwarftbd
150TejatMu Gem2322.881RedGianttbd
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