|NGC 3949: Spiral Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 11h 53.7m / DEC: +47° 51'.5|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 3949 is stationed 1.3 degrees due east of 3.7 magnitude Chi (63) Ursae Majoris. My drawing of this 11.0 magnitude spiral galaxy shows a 3'x2' oval with a discernible stellar core. Eleven field stars frame the view. These include 8.4 magnitude HD 103150, positioned just inside the southwest boundary, and 9.2 magnitude SAO 43922, 26' northwest of the galaxy. MegaStar shows an elliptical galaxy, NGC 3950, overlaying the northern extent of NGC 3949. However, no data is shown for this elliptical and it was not seen. NGC 3877 is nearby, 17' south of Chi Ursae Majoris.
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