NGC 5987 (UGC 9971) Galaxy in Draco

Located at: RA 15 hours 39 minutes 57 seconds, Dec +58 degrees 04 minutes 47 seconds

Size: 5.2' x 1.5' Magnitude: 12.7 blue Class: Sb

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c & -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

 Lumicon Red filter, 830 minutes (83 x 10 minute subs), 04/30 & 05/1/2/3/4/2017; seeing FWHM 2.1-4.5 per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.93.6093.26774, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, California 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: As the moon chased me away from imaging NGC 3338, I moved to the northeast ...

This galaxy is about 1.3 degrees due south of the NGC 5985 Group. See the 8" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 5987
NGC 5987 = UGC 09971 = MCG +10-22-032 = CGCG 297-026 = LGG 402-003 = PGC 55740
15 39 57.2 +58 04 47
V = 11.7;  Size 4.2x1.3;  SB = 13.4;  PA = 60d

17.5": fairly bright, moderately large, very elongated 4:1 SW-NE, 2.0'x0.5'.  
Prominent, high surface brightness core with much fainter extensions.  A mag 
10.5 star is 1.3' NW of center.  Located 11' NE of mag 6.5 HD 140117.

- by Steve Gottlieb