Herschel 400 Objects

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 bright Messier galaxy M82. M82, another object in the Herschel 400 list, lies about 2 degrees to the north-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 star stands along the west edge of the galactic disk. Classified as an Sc-type spiral, NGC 2976 shows no hint of spiral structure in the 10-inch. Twenty-three field stars frame the scene.

NGC 2974 NGC 2985


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