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Galaxy NGC 2683 a nice surprise

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It was fairly clear this evening so I got the scope set up to do some galaxy observing. After my first planned set of targets were stil lurking behind our walnut tree I had a look at Stellarium to see if there was anything else I might be able to see that wouldn't be obscured or so high to zenith to avoid the OTA colliding with the tripod (this prevented me viewing C7 - NGC 2403). Above Leo, in the tail of the constallation the Lynx, was a promising candidate NGC 2683. It's quite close to the naked eye stars alpha-Lyn and 38 Lyn and it's a fairly easy hop from alpha-Lyn to the triangle of stars HIP 4932, HIP 43584 and HIP 43410. This triangle fits neatly within the finder and the galaxy itself is quite close to HIP 43410. Once lined up, and the scope tracking, I popped in my 15 mm EP and had a look. The galaxy was pretty close to the centre of the FOV and I was knocked back by how bright it was. A much easier spot that I had expected. It appeared as a linear smudge and with patience yielded a little bit of detail. It would have been worthwhile trying slightly more magnification but I was keen to start some imaging before the moon came up. NGC 2683 is well worth a visit and it's certainly brighter than some Messier galaxies.

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Yep, got NGC 2683, very bright in Lynx, then NGC 2841 in UMa and NGC 2775 in Cancer. Really horrible seeing. Will swop your walnut for the oak tree down the road, hiding Lepus before the clouds arrived,


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