|NGC 5631: Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 14h 26.6m / DEC: +56° 35'.0|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 5631 resides in far eastern Ursa Major, right across from Draco. The sketch at left presents the view at 49X in my 10-inch Starfinder. NGC 5585, standing just inside the western edge of the field, is the larger and brighter of the two galaxies. Its 10.7 magnitude glow is spread across a 3' diameter area and sandwiched by a pair of 12th magnitude GSC stars. NGC 5631 lies 56' to the east near the field boundary. This 11.5 magnitude spiral covers a 2'x1' area. The brightest of the 17 field stars are a pair of 8.8 magnitude sparklers located between and slightly north of the galaxies. Observing at such low magnification does neither object justice. Both are on my "To Redo" list.
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