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All About Space - - Stargazer -

Large ’scopes show this mag­ni­tude 10 lentic­u­lar gal­axy, seen edge-on, as a bright streak cut in half by a nar­row, dark dust lane. Only its bright core will be seen through a small ’scope. This mag­ni­tude 9.7 barred-spi­ral gal­axy is part of the M81 Group, but it has been seen by very few ob­servers; its very low sur­face bright­ness makes it hard to pull out from the back­ground sky, so large tele­scopes are needed to glimpse it. This ir­reg­u­lar gal­axy is 12 mil­lion light years away, and in both shape and size closely re­sem­bles the Large Mag­el­lanic Cloud. 8” or larger tele­scopes are needed to see this ob­ject clearly. This barred-spi­ral gal­axy lies just 40’ south­east of Phecda. Small tele­scopes will strug­gle to pick it out, but 8” and larger in­stru­ments will show its bright cen­tre and ex­tended bar. This plan­e­tary ne­bula’s disc is vis­ually as large as Jupiter’s, but it is very faint at just mag­ni­tude 9.8. You might glimpse it as a smoky dot through 4” tele­scopes, but 8” and larger are needed to see its dark ‘owl eyes’. A barred-spi­ral gal­axy ori­ented edge-on from our view­point, mag­ni­tude 10 M108 needs a 6” or larger tele­scope to see it. At high mag­ni­fi­ca­tion it re­sem­bles M82, a mot­tled mess of light and dark patches with a bright cen­tre.

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