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

The star set consists of the Yale Bright Star Catalogue (novae and non-star objects excepted) augmented with the stars present in Flamsteed's star catalog but too faint to appear in the Bright Star Catalogue, and a few additional variable stars from the General Catalogue of Variable Stars. All these stars have an entry in the Henry Draper Catalogue, which provided the magnitudes for the faint Flamsteed stars. The star positions come from the Hipparcos Catalogue. They were adjusted for the epoch J2000.0 according to proper motion and precessed to the J2000.0 equatorial coordinate system.

The Bayer/Lacaille and Flamsteed designations have been updated according to Morton Wagman's book Lost Stars (McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2003) in order to get a complete and hopefully accurate set of star letters and numbers. Due to the long history of these designations 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.

Unlike the Bright Star Catalogue and other modern sources, I have retained Latin letters designations, including Bayer's capital A's. The map 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 2018-09-07), except that Toliman (merged with Rigil Kentaurus), Proxima Centauri, Ogma, Barnard's Star, and Lich do not appear on the maps, and the names of the Pleiades and of θ2 Tauri (Chamukuy) have been omitted because they couldn't possibly fit.

Non-star objects come from the NGC2000 catalog (free to use for non-commercial purposes) for now (I plan to revisit the choice and representation of non-star objects in more depth as time permits). 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 maps are drawn in 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, ecliptic coordinate lines and zodiac points, the galactic equator and center, and the corresponding poles.

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