|NGC 3077: Irregular Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 10h 03.4m / DEC: +68° 44'.0|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 3077 resides about a degree from M82, 72' to the 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 might be considered a showpiece 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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