NGC2403 Galaxy in Camelopardalis
(RA 7h 36.9m , Dec. +65°36', 8.5 mag., 26 x 13 arcmin.)
This bright spiral galaxy belonging to M81 group of galaxies was missed by Messier though it is detectable in binoculars. The easiest way to find it is to starhop from o Ursae Majoris (star marking Gret Bear's nose - see finder chart below).
Above image was taken on Dec. 18, 1998 from Sooke, BC using Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera on Celestron Ultima 8 f6.3 telescope, autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC camera on a piggybacked 500mm f8 telephoto lens. It is composed of W (8 x 4 min.) and CMY (4 x 4 min. each) integrations processed with AIP4WIN. This image was then re-processed in Lab color model using Corel PhotoPaint 8.
North is to the right.
The mosaic below is composed of images taken with the same equipment on February 18, 2002 from Harrowsmith, Ontario. Each of the four tiles consists of ten white images (240 sec. each) processed with AIP4WIN. Corel PhotoPaint was used to assemble the mosaic.
North is to the left.
Map created in Guide 7.0 - 9° x 9° , North is up.
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