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Targeting galaxies

April 2013:  Because distant star systems often are small with low surface brightnesses and subtle details, choose less complex targets to begin with, such as NGC 3893 and NGC 3896, as well as NGC 6690.
RELATED TOPICS: ASTROSKETCHING
Erika-Rix
Spring and autumn are the seasons amateur astronomers observe galaxies. Because these distant star systems often are small with low surface brightnesses and subtle details, however, sketching them may present a bit of a challenge. Choose less complex targets to begin with, such as the featured galaxies in this month’s column.

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