|NGC 6207: Spiral Galaxy (Hercules) RA: 16h 43.1m / DEC: +36° 49'.9|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 6207 might not even be on the Herschel 400 observing list if not for its proximity to one of the most spectacular deep-sky objects in the northern sky. M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, is a true showpiece of the night sky and NGC 6207 is less than half-a-degree away. Center M13 at high power (1-mm to 2-mm exit pupil) and offset by about 27' to the northeast. You'll be sitting atop this faint little galaxy. My sketch records the view at 129X in my 10-inch Newtonian. NGC 6207 is elongated north-northeast to south-southwest over a 3'x1' area. It features a stellar core. The three stars arranged in a right triangle pattern immediately to the south shine at 11th magnitude. The tight little trio just inside the northern edge of the sketch field range from 8th to 12th magnitude. 6.8 magnitude HD 150998 is just outside the southern edge of the field, 19' from NGC 6207. Once you've found the galaxy, slip in a lower magnification eyepiece, and see if both the galaxy and the great M13 are visible in the same field.
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