NGC 2683 -- Spiral Galaxy in Lynx
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The UFO Galaxy
Of all the observing targets that I had planned for the night; NGC 2683 was the most impressive
in the eyepiece.  This galaxy goes by the common name of the “UFO Galaxy” because its shape
resembles the 1950’s TV and movie idea of a flying saucer.  And indeed, it does!  Details in this
galaxy were detected even in the small 110mm refractor.  The galaxy was easy to spot, the core
was bright, and it appeared to have a single bright knot on each side of the core.  I could not help
but imagine the knots as being two alien heads looking out of the windows from their flying
saucer.   The drawing circle is the view at 59x, while galaxy details were added at 96x.