NGC/IC Objects

NGC 2916: Spiral Galaxy (Leo) RA: 09h 35.0m / DEC: +21° 42'.3
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

This little spiral galaxy is often overlooked in favor of its more impressive sibling, NGC 2903. Of course, if their distances from Earth were reversed, NGC 2916 would be on everybody's hit list. A comparison of radial velocity measurements suggests NGC 2916 may be about five-times as remote as NGC 2903. In any event the two are separated by a mere 41' in our night sky. My sketch, made at 82X in the 10-inch Starfinder, shows this 11.9 magnitude Sa-type galaxy as a 2'x1' oval. Four 11th and 12th magnitude stars are in the immediate vicinity. Another six 9th and 10th magnitude sparklers are scattered haphazardly along a path tracking roughly north. 4.3 magnitude Lambda (4) Leonis shines 1.5 degrees to the northwest.

NGC 2903 NGC 2950


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