|NGC 4051: Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 12h 03.2m / DEC: +44° 31'.9|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
Far western Ursa Major is home to this spiral nebula. NGC 4051 is listed as either an Sc- or SBc-type galaxy in the RC3, which indicates a loose spiral structure with a possible bar feature at the core. NGC 4051 presents as a 4'x2' oval in the 10-inch Newtonian. Its long axis is aligned northwest-to-southeast and there's an 11th magnitude GSC star adjacent to the west. You'll find NGC 4051 about 1.5 degrees due north of 5.2 magnitude 67 Ursae Majoris.
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