Herschel 400 Objects

NGC 2681: Spiral Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 08h 53.6' / DEC: +51° 18'.9
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

The far southeast region of the Great Bear is home to NGC 2681 and its neighbor, NGC 2693. They are located 3.3 degrees north of 3.1 magnitude Talitha, Iota Ursae Majoris, and about 6 degrees west of 3.2 magnitude Theta U Maj. NGC 2681 is the brighter of the two. Shining at magnitude 10.3, this Sa-type spiral galaxy features a stellar core embedded within a 120"x90" nebulosity. 9.2 magnitude HD 75840 is visible about 10' to the southeast. NGC 2693 is the 11.8 magnitude fuzzy on the other side of the field. This elliptical galaxy covers a 90"x60" area along a rough north-south axis. It is separated by half-a-degree in right ascension from NGC 2681. Seventeen field stars complete the portrait.

NGC 2655 NGC 2683


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