|NGC 2768: Elliptical Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 09h 11.6m / DEC: +60° 02'.4|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
The sketch at left renders the view of this 9.8 magnitude elliptical galaxy in my 10-inch Newtonian at 129X. The galaxy is centered and covers an area of 2'.5x2'. The faint outer region is lost against the night sky. NGC 2768 features a bright stellaring at the core and is elongated along an east-west line. A 10th magnitude star shines about 5' due north. A star of similar brightness is seen 4' to the northwest. 9.0 magnitude HD 78297 simmers just inside the edge of the field some 15' to the northwest of NGC 2768. Another 22 field stars complete the view. You'll find NGC 2768 about 1.5 degrees south of 5.2 magnitude 16 Ursae Majoris. NGC 2742 is also nearby, just 40' to the northwest.
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