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(IAAC) Object: NGC 6217 (Arp 185, HI-280) - Instrument: Newt 12.5" f/4.8



Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1996-06-16, 04:30 UT
Location: Bath, ME, USA (44N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.1
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: Reflector 12.5" f/4.8
Magnification: 55x, 110x
Filters used: none
Object: NGC 6217 (Arp 185, HI-280)
Category: Spiral galaxy
Constellation: UMi
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.