|NGC 5982 & NGC 5985: Galaxy Pair (Draco) RA: 15h 39.1m / DEC: +59° 20'.7|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 5982 and NGC 5985 pair up for a fine view in Draco. They are camped 2 degrees east-northeast of 3.3 magnitude Edasich, Iota (12) Draconis. NGC 5985 is an 11.1 magnitude Sb-type galaxy. At 129X in my 10-inch, it occupies a 5'x2' north-to-south aligned area. NGC 5982, just 7'.5 to the west, is of equal brightness but somewhat smaller. This elliptical galaxy covers a 2' diameter area with noticeable stellaring at the core. A 13th magnitude GSC star separates the pair.
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