Herschel 400 Objects

NGC 3877: Spiral Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 11h 46.1m / DEC: +47° 29'.7
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

Magnitude 3.7 Chi (63) Ursae Majoris marks the spot for this bright galaxy. NGC 3877 resides 17' due south. This loose spiral is viewed nearly edge-on from our perspective in the Milky Way. The sketch at left captures the appearance at 63X in my 10-inch. NGC 3877 is elongated, 4'x1', along a northeast-to-southwest axis. The thin disk tapers noticeably toward the ends. Chi Ursae Majoris is centered in the sketch. Look for NGC 3893, another member of the Herschel 400 list, about 1.3 degree to the north.

NGC 3813 NGC 3893


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