12 Camelopardalis is a spectroscopic binary in the constellation Camelopardalis. It also forms a double star with 11 Camelopardalis, which is only 3 arcminutes away.
12 Camelopardalis is classified as an orange K-type giant with a mean apparent magnitude of +6.08. The binary is an RS Canum Venaticorum type variable star and its brightness varies by 0.14 magnitudes with a period of 82.8 days. The orbital period of the binary is 80.174 days. 12 Camelopardalis is approximately 625 light years from Earth.
BM Cam also emits X-rays and is the designated X-ray source 1H 0501+592. It has been detected by HEAO 1, the Einstein Observatory, and ROSAT.
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