|NGC 4217: Galaxy Group (Ursa Major) RA: 12h 17.5m / DEC: +47° 12'.1|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This fine trio of galaxies share the same slip of sky with the great M106. The sketch at left captures the view at 82X in my 10-inch. M106 appears just inside the field boundary. It covers an 8'x3' area and shows evidence of spiral structure. The brightest of the neighboring galaxies is NGC 4217. NGC 4217 resides just inside western field boundary and is sandwiched between 13th magnitude and 11th magnitude GSC stars. The 11.1 magnitude Sb-type galaxy covers a 3'x1' area and is elongated nearly east-west. NGC 4231 is positioned 24' to the north-northeast. This faint spiral has a photographic magnitude of 14.3, which suggests a visual magnitude of approximately 13.3. Finally, NGC 4248 is a somewhat difficult detection at magnitude 12.5. This spiral is about 2'x1' in size and oriented along a north-south line. It resides 11' west of M106.
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