Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs) ride the sky south of the
Big Dipper. This modern constellation
is marked principally by
Cor Caroli (the brightest star in the picture, near center) and
considerably dimmer Chara, the brightest star to the right of
Cor Caroli. These two and the star below Chara
make the southern of the two dogs, originally called by the
star's name "Chara." The northern dog, "Asterion," is marked by
the little clump of stars up and to the left of Cor Caroli.
Directly up from Chara is one of the brightest carbon
stars in the sky, Y Canum Venaticorum, notable by
its reddish color. Sunlike 10 CVn isjust below the line that connects
Cor Caroli and Chara.
Groombridge 1830 in Ursa Major is the middle of the three vertical stars near the lower right edge. To the south, off the picture toward the bottom, is the lacy cluster that makes much of the lovely constellation Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair). Together they make a fine sight to the west of Bootes.
See Canes Venatici from Flamsteed's Atlas Coelestis Edition of 1781.
For more on Canes Venatici, see Under the Handle at Stellar Stories.
Cor Caroli is part of the Great Diamond.