Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
NGC 2683 is a magnitude 10.6 galaxy in the constellation of Lynx, discovered by William
Herschel on Feb 5 1788.
This spiral galaxy is viewed nearly edge-on from our perspective. Because of its appearance, it
was nicknamed the "UFO Galaxy" by the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory
site. Note the small yellowish core in the center of the galaxy, consisting of older stars. Also
note the fine details of the spiral structure, traced by dark dust in the brighter part of the disk.
The UFO is receding from us at 410 km/s, and from the Galactic Center at 375 km/s. This
indicates that it is probably one of the nearby galaxies, perhaps at about 16 million light years.
Date: Apr 6 - May 1 2011
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion 12.5 inch f/9 2532mm focal length
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera/Filters: SBIG STL 11000 camera Baader filters
Exposure: Luminance: 14x6 minutes unbinned, R:8x5 min G:8x5 min B:8x7 min. The total
time was 4 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim
DL with subsequent processing using Photoshop. Image was cropped to better show galaxy