NGC/IC Objects

NGC 2637: Galaxy (Cancer) RA: 08h 41.2m / DEC: +19° 41'.5
Instrument: 18-inch Obsession

This challenging little galaxy is sequestered deep within one of the most famous gems of the night sky, M44, the Beehive cluster, in Cancer. The sketch at left renders a 199X view in the 18-inch. Numerous bright stars dot the field. Among these are 6.8 magnitude 42 Cancri, 6.8 mag. HD 73819 and 8.5 magnitude HD 73936. These sparklers frame the tiny, 30"x15" form of NGC 2637. The 15.4 (P) magnitude galaxy is aligned roughly north-south near the center of the field. It pops in and out with averted vision during moments of steady seeing. No real structure is seen in the big Dob. While you're in the area, check out NGC 2643 just 9' to the east.

NGC 2627 NGC 2643


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