|NGC 3077: Irregular Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 10h 03.4m / DEC: +68° 44'.0|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 3077 resides less than a degree from M81, 47' east-southeast to be precise. If not for the ugly duckling syndrome resulting from its proximity to one of the northern sky's celestial gems, NGC 3077 would be considered a fine object in its own right. My sketch records the view in the 10-inch Meade Starfinder Newtonian at 129X. The 9.9 magnitude irregular galaxy is centered. A bright, condensed core region is surrounded by a 6'x4' nebulosity. No hint of structure is discerned. Nineteen field stars frame the stellar metropolis.
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