Finding R Leporis, Hind's Crimson Star
R Leporis, or Hind's Crimson Star, is one of the finest carbon stars available for observation. Its deep reddish color is remarkable in a scope, or even binoculars when it's towards the brighter end of it's magnitude 5.5 to 11.7 range. Recent AAVSO estimates (as of the end of January 2017), have it around magnitude 8, while SkyTools predicts it will reach its next maximum brightness on May 7, 2017 (427.1 day period). R Lep is relatively easy to find below the stick figure of Orion as shown in this annotated SkyTools chart.