NGC 6384

NGC 6384

NGC 6384
NGC 6384
By Erika Rix

2010 June 8, 0457 UT

NGC 6384, Galaxy type SAB(r)bc I, Ophiuchus, ~80 million light years away
Hazy oval with a brighter oblong middle, 6.4’ x 4.3’, magnitude 10.4v

PCW Memorial Observatory, Zanesville, Ohio USA – Erika Rix
16” Zhumell, 13mm Ethos and 8mm TeleVue Plossl, magnification ~138x – 225x
Temp: 8C, Humidity 92%
Seeing: P 7, Transparency: 3/6

Sketch created scopeside with Rite in the Rain paper, black ballpoint ink pen, #2 pencil then the stars cleaned up in Photoshop and inverted with adjustment to brightness and contrast.

At first glance, this spiral galaxy looked small and oblong nesting with a triangle of stars. Putting a dark cloth over my head and studying it further, I was able to make out a larger fainter portion of it extending to nearly two of the stars in the triangle. I couldn’t make out any structure on the outer portion other than it was almost oval. The inner, brighter portion was more oblong and the density was uneven.

During this observation, two satellites crossed the lower portion of my FOV, traveling west to east. The second one came through about half hour after the first. It seemed to be moving a little slower and was not as bright as the first. The second was at 0440UT. The courses were marked on my sketch by the dashed lines.

2 thoughts on “NGC 6384”

  1. Erika

    Interesting sketch.
    Satellite trials used to be a common feature with film photography, now with CCD imaging you never see them anymore.

    Shows that sketching can be quite realistic.


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