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    Default NGC 6503, Spiral Galaxy in Draco



    This looks like an interesting target to go for. This article was linked in today's Cosmic Pursuits email.

    NGC 6503, the Lost-in-Space Galaxy

    It's on my to-do list, and I believe it is also on RASC's Finest list.

    I think I'll have a go at it next time out.
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    Default Re: NGC 6503, Spiral Galaxy in Draco

    Thanks for the link Bryan! I'm going to give that one a shot too!
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    Default Re: NGC 6503, Spiral Galaxy in Draco

    Nice link Thanks! Looks like it's relatively easy as well and always nice and high if it's close to the Little Dipper.

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    Default Re: NGC 6503, Spiral Galaxy in Draco

    I checked my log and see I have it in there from about a year ago with the 17.5 inch from home (orange zone) with a darkest SQM-L reading that night being 19.77 towards the east (my darkest direction). This is how I saw it that night:

    NGC 6503: Draco, spiral, mag 10.6, SB 13.6, 6.2 x 2.3 arc mins
    This spiral lies 1.75° northeast of 4th magnitude Omega Draconis. It displayed a pretty bright, pretty large oval, elongated about 3 x 1. The glow was homogenous with no real core brightness noted.
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    Good article. For those that don't know, Cosmic Pursuits publishes several good articles regularly and is easy to subscribe to. These were the four articles for June 11:

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    1. Finding the "Lost in Space" Galaxy
    The faint little spiral galaxy NGC 6503 is one of the few galaxies that wanders the universe alone, unbound to any companion galaxies. This lovely spiral, festooned with knots of bright blue stars and reddish star forming regions, is located in the so-called Local Void, a vast expanse of nothingness about 150 million light years across. Here's an image of NGC 6503, the so-called "Lost in Space" galaxy, along with a few tips about how to see it in your own telescope.

    2. How to See Pluto This Year
    The easy way to see Pluto is to wait for images from NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft to stream in over the next 4-5 weeks during its long-awaited encounter. But if you want to see the dwarf planet for yourself, here are detailed charts and instructions. A word of warning... you will need a big scope for this project (12" or larger).

    3. The Moon in Daytime
    If faint galaxies and fainter dwarf planets are too challenging, have a look for the waning crescent Moon in the eastern morning sky before sunrise this weekend. You can follow the crescent into the daylight sky after the Sun rises. (Yes, you can see the Moon in the daytime). The New Moon arrives this month on June 16, 2015.
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    Thanks for the heads-up Bryan! I have not seen NGC 6503 yet but it definitely goes on the list.
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    NGC 6503 is on my hit list tonight.
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    Good luck Gordon! Let us know how you fare on this one.
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    Thank Gordon for reminding the NGC 6503 glx in Draco.

    I have seen it the first time in May 2005 through the 25x100 binoculars, and then through my 6incher in August 2012.
    It's appearance is a distinguished bright oval, possibly thanks to the mass of the star birth regions with ionized Hydrogen and Oxygen.

    This galaxy is a highly recommendable loner, and quite interestingly discovered as late as in the 19th century.

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    I can't wait to try this one. Raining all week, and tomorrow we get to enjoy the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. Could get up to 7 inches of rain. That ought to hand off the sky to the Moon nicely. Ah well, theres always July. And fireworks exploding everywhere.
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