From Sirius, look 10.5° northwest to reach a great multiple star, Beta Monocerotis (RA 6h 28.8m, dec. –7° 02’). Its mag. +4.6 primary has a mag. +5.0 companion 7 arcseconds to the southeast. This companion has its own mag. +5.4 partner only 3 arcseconds away. This trio of bluish stars forms a curve.
A jump 17° north of Beta Monocerotis finds the Christmas Tree cluster, NGC 2264 (RA 6h 41.1m, dec. +9° 53’; pictured). This arrangement of mostly 8th- and 9th-magnitude stars outlines a tree shape around 0.5° high, easily visible in binoculars. Mag. +4.6 star S Monocerotis marks its base. An 8-inch or larger scope will show faint nebulosity 0.1° southeast of S Monocerotis (within the tree). Just above its ‘top’ star is the famous Cone Nebula, mostly noticeable by an absence of stars.