|NGC 5443: Spiral Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 14h 02.2m / DEC: +55° 48'.9|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
If you slew 1.5 degrees due north of M101, you'll sweep up a pair of galaxies. The eastern stellar metropolis is NGC 5475. The western galaxy in the pairing is NGC 5443, pictured in the sketch at left. My drawing captures a 129X view in the 10-inch. NGC 5443 is centered. It's 3'x1' form is aligned northeast-to-southwest and shines with a blue magnitude of 13.1. This suggests a visual brightness about 0.9-magnitude brighter, or about 12.2. 9.5 magnitude HD 238314 is seen some 4' to the north. 9.7 magnitude HD 238311 sparkles 6' to the west-southwest. Another ten stars complete the framework.
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