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Re: (IAAC) Obj: NGC 6217 - Inst: 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain equatorial mount



Lew Gramer wrote:
> I enjoyed your log of this peculiar (even "Arpish")
> little object, Dave! I logged this same object for
> one of the very earliest posts to the IAAC, under a
> pitch-black rural sky in Maine, as follows:
>
>  >Data: mag 11.2  size 3'
>  >RA/DE: 16h32m  +78o12m
>  >Description: Showed a clear central condensation,
>  >probably the core. Also showed elongation to NW-SE,
>  >and a slight "tail" or angle on the NW lobe. Despite
>  >its low magnitude and small size, this object is an
>  >easy find, for it forms a nice equilateral triangle
>  >with Eta and Zeta Ursae Minoris.
>
> That very distinct "tail" caught my eye that night,
> though I've failed on a couple of later occasions to
> repeat that same observation. Do others have logs of
> this or similar elusive "peculiarities" to share?
>
> Clear skies!
> Lew
Lew,
I'll take another look at NGC 6217 at the next opportunity.  In the
meantime the DSS image may be of interest:
http://www.seds.org/~spider/ngc/ngcdss.cgi?obj=NGC!6217&r=16:32.6&d=+78:12&e=J2000&h=15&w=15&f=GIF&c=none
Dave
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