Arp 185

ARP 185 2015 Aug 22

Object:     ARP 185     (NGC 6217) Date:               2015 August 22
Peculiarity:    Narrow filaments.
Constellation:           Ursa Minor Time & altitude: 23.50 UT     51º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               3/5
            R.A:                16h 33m Transparency (5 high):                   3/5
            Dec:                +78º 12 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1 Dob.
            Magnitude:    11.2 Eyepiece:      8mm Ethos      x260
            Galaxy size (mins):  3×2 Filters:            None.


A conspicuous object comprising a stellar core in a 4:1 oval halo aligned NNW–SSE. I could see a hint of a dark area on the SE side of the nucleus.  Comparison to CCD images reveals dark lanes at this location between the core and a starburst region further out, so it seems to be real and not a contrast effect.