|NGC 3898 & NGC 3888: Galaxy Pair (Ursa Major) RA: 11h 48.4m / DEC: +56° 02'.4|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
When most observers go galaxy hunting in the Great Bear, they're after big game. The delicate grandeur of M101 and the impressive pair, M81 & M82, are the usual targets. But within the bowl of the dipper, you will find a host of galaxies within reach of moderate aperture. NGC 3898 resides in the southeastern quadrant of the bowl, 2.5 degrees north of 2.4 magnitude Phad. My drawing presents this galaxy and nearby NGC 3888 as seen at 129X in the 10-inch Newtonian. NGC 3898 is a 10.7 magnitude spiral covering a 3'x1'.5 area. It features a stellar core region within an elongated nebulosity. The galaxy is aligned roughly east-southeast to west-northwest. Three 10th and 11th magnitude stars are aligned north-south about 10' west of NGC 3898. Another 9' to the southeast of this grouping, 12.0 magnitude NGC 3888 emerges from the dark, a 2'x1' haze with 13th magnitude stars bracketing its northern extent.
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