To the north of Orion and Taurus is the constellation of Auriga. The constellation is easily recognised by the pentagonal shape of its brighter stars and for the first magnitude star Capella, which is just out of view at the top of this image. Bring situated in the Milky Way, Auriga contains a number of good open clusters and double stars. It also is home to a number of faint emission nebulae.
Northern Auriga. The bright star is Capella.
The central region of Auriga.
The southern region of Auriga. The two bright emission nebulae near the centre of the photograph are IC 405 (right) and IC 410.
The southern regions of Auriga and Perseus. The two bright emission nebulae near the top left are IC 405 (right) and IC 410, while to the bottom left is NGC 1499, the California nebula.