|NGC 6503: Spiral Galaxy (Draco) RA: 17h 49.5m / DEC: +70° 08'.7|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
If you like edge-on spirals, don't pass up an opportunity to observe this little gem. NGC 6503 resides in Draco about 2 degrees northeast of 4.8 magnitude Omega (28) Draconis. The sketch at left renders this Sc-type galaxy as viewed in my 10-inch Newtonian at high magnification (129X). The galaxy and 8.6 magnitude HD 163465 are paired in the center. NGC 6217 is aligned east-west, its 10.2 magnitude glow reaching 7'x2' in size. The galaxy grows gradually brighter and thicker toward the middle. Twenty field stars complete the view.
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