|NGC 2976: Spiral Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 09h 47.3m / DEC: +67° 54'.8|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This large delicate spiral shares the same address as the great M81. Bode's galaxy lies just 1.4 degrees to the northeast. My sketch presents NGC 2976 as it appears at 129X in my 10-inch Meade Starfinder. The 10.1 magnitude star city is centered. Its diffuse glow covers a 6'x3' area and is angled northwest-to-southeast. A 12th magnitude (est.) star stands along the west edge of the galactic disk. Classified as an Sc-type spiral, NGC 2976 shows not hint of spiral structure in the 10-inch. Twenty-three field stars frame the scene.
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