The main purpose of the stars charts below is to represent all the lettered and numbered stars (stars with a Bayer or Lacaille letter or a Flamsteed number). There is one chart per constellation in all cases except Hydra and Eridanus, for which two charts were required in order to keep the scale reasonable, and Serpens split into Caput and Cauda as usual.

I used Flamsteed's star catalog and the Yale Bright Star Catalogue as a starting point for the list of stars, and Morton Wagman's book Lost Stars (McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2003) to get a complete and hopefully accurate set of star letters and numbers. Due to the long history of these star naming conventions and the number of astronomers involved, there are many uncertain cases. I have erred on the side of caution, following Wagman's detailed explanations and using the SIMBAD service as a last resort.

The coordinates and magnitudes of the stars come in most cases from the Bright Star Catalogue. For the few lettered or numbered stars absent from the Bright Star Catalogue because they are too faint, the values come from the Henry Draper Catalogue after proper precession of the coordinates. All the stars of the Bright Star Catalogue are represented on the charts. Unlike the Bright Star Catalogue and other modern sources, I have retained Latin letters designations, including Bayer's capital A's. The chart for a given constellation shows the Bayer/Lacaille letter, Flamsteed number, and Argelander's variable star designation, if any, for the stars of that constellation. Sometimes on purpose and sometimes due to the fuzziness of constellation boundaries before their standardization in 1930, some stars have designations in more than one constellation. Priority is given to the designations that correspond to the actual constellation of the star.

The star names conform to the IAU Catalog of Star Names (version 2017-10-28), except that Proxima Centauri, Ogma, Barnard's Star, and Lich do not appear on the charts, and that the names of the Pleiades and of θ2 Tauri (Chamukuy) have been omitted because they just couldn't possibly fit.

Non-star objects come from the NGC2000 catalog (free to use for non-commercial purposes). Objects of at least 8 arcmin in diameter or brighter than the 8th magnitude are represented. The dimensions and orientations of galaxies come from the Catalog of Principal Galaxies.

The charts are drawn in the stereographic projection from the point of the celestial sphere antipodal to their center. Also represented are constellation boundaries, coordinate lines of the J2000.0 equatorial system, the ecliptic and zodiac points, the galactic equator and center, and the corresponding poles.

Andromeda
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AND
Antlia
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ANT
Apus
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APS
Aquarius
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AQR
Aquila
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AQL
Ara
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ARA
Aries
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ARI
Auriga
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AUR
Bo├Âtes
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BOO
Caelum
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CAE
Camelopardalis
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CAM
Cancer
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CNC
Canes Venatici
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CVN
Canis Major
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CMA
Canis Minor
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CMI
Capricornus
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CAP
Carina
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CAR
Cassiopeia
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CAS
Centaurus
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CEN
Cepheus
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CEP
Cetus
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CET
Chamaeleon
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CHA
Circinus
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CIR
Columba
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COL
Coma Berenices
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COM
Corona Australis
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CRA
Corona Borealis
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CRB
Corvus
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CRV
Crater
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CRT
Crux
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CRU
Cygnus
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CYG
Delphinus
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DEL
Dorado
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DOR
Draco
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DRA
Equuleus
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EQU
Eridanus
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ERI
Eridanus (cont.)
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ERI_
Fornax
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FOR
Gemini
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GEM
Grus
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GRU
Hercules
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HER
Horologium
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HOR
Hydra
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HYA
Hydra (cont.)
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HYA_
Hydrus
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HYI
Indus
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IND
Lacerta
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LAC
Leo
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LEO
Leo Minor
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LMI
Lepus
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LEP
Libra
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LIB
Lupus
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LUP
Lynx
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LYN
Lyra
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LYR
Mensa
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MEN
Microscopium
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MIC
Monoceros
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MON
Musca
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MUS
Norma
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NOR
Octans
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OCT
Ophiuchus
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OPH
Orion
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ORI
Pavo
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PAV
Pegasus
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PEG
Perseus
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PER
Phoenix
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PHE
Pictor
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PIC
Pisces
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PSC
Piscis Austrinus
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PSA
Puppis
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PUP
Pyxis
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PYX
Reticulum
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RET
Sagitta
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SGE
Sagittarius
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SGR
Scorpius
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SCO
Sculptor
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SCL
Scutum
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SCT
Serpens Caput
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SER1
Serpens Cauda
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SER2
Sextans
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SEX
Taurus
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TAU
Telescopium
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TEL
Triangulum
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TRI
Triangulum Australe
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TRA
Tucana
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TUC
Ursa Major
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UMA
Ursa Minor
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UMI
Vela
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VEL
Virgo
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VIR
Volans
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VOL
Vulpecula
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VUL

Acknowledgments.

  • This research has made use of the VizieR catalogue access tool, CDS, Strasbourg, France. The original description of the VizieR service was published in A&AS 143, 23.
  • This research has made use of the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.