|NGC 2787: Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 09h 19.3m / DEC: +69° 12'.2|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
The Great Bear harbors many fine galaxies. Arguably, none is more impressive than the great M81. But while you're in the area, why not slew about 3 degrees due west to NGC 2787? This 10.7 magnitude SBO-type galaxy lies just west of M81. The sketch at left presents a 129X view in my 10-inch Newtonian. NGC 2787 is just south of center. The galaxy covers a 3'x2' area and features a stellar core region. Averted vision suggested the subtlest hint of spiral structure: one arm curving north and west, and the other arcing south and east. A 13th magnitude GSC star hovers 1'.6 north of the core. A pair of mid-8th magnitude stars occupy the southwest corner of the field. They're separated by about 7'. Another 20 field stars complete the view. Out of frame, 4.5 magnitude 24 Ursae Majoris stands 1.5 degrees to the northeast.
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