|NGC 2643: Galaxy (Cancer) RA: 08h 41.9m / DEC: +19° 42'.1|
Instrument: 18-inch Obsession
There's something almost miraculous about being able to look through an open star cluster to see tiny, faint galaxies several hundred million light-years beyond. The Beehive cluster, M44, is home to this stellar metropolis. Observed at 199X in the Obsession, NGC 2643 appears as a 36"x18" hazy glow just below center in the sketch at left. The 15.6 magnitude (P) galaxy is organized north-south with an 11.2 mag. star 1'.2 to the southeast. A pair of 8.5 mag. and 9.6 mag. stars are aligned east-west some 4' to the southwest. Another 24 members of the Praesepe dot the field. Before heading off for greener pastures, visit NGC 2637 just 9' to the west.
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