NGC 6217 (UGC 10470, Arp 185 ) Galaxy in Ursa Minor

Located at: RA 16 hours 32 minutes 39 seconds, Dec +78 degrees 11 minutes 56 seconds

Size: 3.0' x 2.4' Magnitude: 11.8 blue Class: (R)SB(rs)bc HII

North is up

West to the right


 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector


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


Lumicon Red filter, 670 minutes (67 x 10 minute subs), 05/14/15/16/17/2016; seeing 2.7-4.4 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 2.91.5875.24618, Photoshop CS5.1


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


Another of those objects that I image as the moon is becoming full ... this one had a tough background to process ... presenting the background a little darker than I would like.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4192
Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 6217
NGC 6217 = UGC 10470 = MCG +13-12-008 = CGCG 355-014 = Arp 185 = PGC 58477
16 32 39.3 +78 11 54
V = 11.2;  Size 3.0x2.5;  SB = 13.2

17.5" (7/22/01): fairly bright, fairly large, elongated 2:1 NW-SE, ~2.5'x1.5', 
small bright core.  Contains a bright stellar nucleus or a star is superimposed 
at the center of the core.  A ver faint star is just off the NW edge.  At the NW 
end a faint spiral arm is attached to the main body, winding north and then 
trailing back nearly halfway along the NE flank (this increases the dimensions 
to ~2.5'x2.0').  With concentration a dark gap is visible between the arm and 
the main body (bar) of the galaxy.  A very short extension is strongly suggested 
at the SE end, bending towards the west.  All of these features were sketched 
and later verified on the DSS.

17.5": fairly bright, bright stellar nucleus, elongated.  Irregular appearance; 
either darker or an indentation on one side.

13": fairly bright, slightly elongated, stellar nucleus, fairly diffuse outer 

8": faint, fairly small, slightly elongated.

- by Steve Gottlieb