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Object NGC 2403

NGC 2403 is a fine galaxy easily visible in binoculars. It is surprising that Messier never found this bright galaxy. A small telescope will display a bright core surrounded by a speckled halo with many superimposed field stars. A larger telescope under dark skies starts to expose spiral structure in the halo. NGC 2403 is a member of the M81 galaxy group and contains many bright emission nebulae, a sure sign that lots of star formation is taking place in this galaxy.

Scope C8
Camera ST2000XCM
Mount Losmandy G11
Filters Baader IR
Guiding Self Guided
Exposure Info 4 hours total exposure time (16 x 15min
Date November 2, 2008
Copyright Photo copyright Thomas Kerns, Beluga Lake Observatory