Herschel 400 Objects

NGC 5248: Spiral Galaxy (Bootes) RA: 13h 37.5m / DEC: +08° 53'.1
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

Bootes, the herdsman, is home to this fine stellar metropolis. NGC 5248 is tucked away in the farthest southwest corner of the constellation, just across from Virgo. The sketch at left presents a 190X in my 10-inch Meade Starfinder Newtonian. The 10.3 magnitude Sc-type galaxy is centered. NGC 5248 covers a 3'.5x2'.0 area along an east-west axis and features a stellar core embedded within a 30" diameter central nebulosity. A pair of misty spiral arms are seen. One curves gently to the north. The second reaches east-southeast, giving NGC 5248 an asymmetrical appearance. A 12th magnitude star stands 4' to the north. A 14th magnitude ember dimly glows just 2' to the south. Another four stars complete the view.

NGC 5195-M51B NGC 5273


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