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Draco "The Dragon", represents the monster slain by the Grrek hero Hercules as one of his many deeds. Draco was the guardian of Hera's tree of golden apples.
(an alternate myth has Draco being the dragon guarding the Golden Fleece from Jason and the Argonauts).
While Draco is the eigth largest constellation, and circumpolar, it does not contain any star brighter than second magnitude.


Ursa Minor "The Little Bear"
Ursa Minor is one of the oldest Constellations. While it generally is thought to have come from the ancient Greeks, it was known beforehand by the Phoenicians. The Greeks saw these stars as representing Arcas, the son of the king of the gods, Zeus and the maiden Callisto. Zeus changed both Callisto and Arcas into bears so that they could be together up in the sky, out of the reach of Hera, wife of Zeus.
Ursa Minor is also famous as the asterism, The Little Dipper, along with the North Star - 'Polaris'!
Polaris is the brightest star of the constellation. Because it is located at almost the exact center position of the north pole of the celestial sky, all the stars and constellations appear to rotate around it. This of course, is actually caused by the Earth rotating on its axis.
As the constellation of Ursa Minor is located near the North Pole of the sky, it never sets, and can be found all night as it rotates around the pole. This type of constellation is called 'Circumpolar'.



06/14/2012 - 2 seconds, StellaCam II and Cannon 5.5 CCTV lens



Deep-Sky objects located in the Constellation of Draco:


M102 (galaxy) - 08/12/1991 - 8" Dob f4.5, 6.5mm 141x




M102 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds







NGC5866-M102 (galaxy) - 08/08/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC2908 (galaxy) - 06/15/2018 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC2977 (galaxy) - 08/24/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds




NGC3147 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC3183 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC3329 (galaxy) - 08/24/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds




NGC3403 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC3682 (galaxy) - 09/08/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 30 seconds


NGC3735 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC4124 & 4125 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC4125 (galaxy) - 05/24/1998 - 8" Dob f4.5, 32mm + 2.8x Barlow 78x




NGC4128 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC4133 (galaxy) - 08/24/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds





NGC4159 (galaxy) - 10/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC4210 (galaxy) - 10/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC4236 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC4250 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC4256 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC4291 & 4319, and Markarian-205 (galaxy) - 06/14/2018 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 180 seconds




Markarian-205 (quasar) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC4386 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC4522 & 4589 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC4545 (galaxy) - 08/24/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds





NGC4572 (galaxy) - 06/15/2018 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC4589 (galaxy) - 10/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC4648 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC4693 (galaxy) - 10/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC4749 (galaxy) - 10/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC4750 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC4857 (galaxy) - 10/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC4954, PGC2767647, 2767690 & 2767790 (galaxy) - 06/21/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5667 (galaxy) - 10/20/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC5678 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC5777 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC5879 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC5881 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5894 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC5905 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC5907 (galaxy) - 06/14/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 30 seconds




NGC5908 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC5949 (galaxy) - 08/24/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds




NGC5963 & 5965 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC5981 & 5982 & 5985 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC5987 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5989 (galaxy) - 06/15/2018 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC6015 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC6088A & 6088B (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC6125/6127 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC6140 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC6143 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC6182 & PGC58331 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC6232 & 6236 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC6285 & 6286 (galaxy) - 08/06/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 180 seconds





NGC6338, 6345, 6346, IC1252, PGC59929 & 59943 (galaxy)
09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC6340 (galaxy) - 08/24/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds





NGC6361 & MCG10253 (galaxy) - 08/06/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 180 seconds





NGC6365A & B (galaxy) - 08/06/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 180 seconds




NGC6395 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC6412 (galaxy) - 08/25/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC6434 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC6503 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC6543 (planetary nebula) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 15 seconds





NGC6621 & 6622 (galaxy) - 08/25/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC6643 (galaxy)
06/13/2012 - 6" RC f5, StellaCam-3 @ 20 seconds            08/24/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds
   



NGC6654 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC6667 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC6690 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC6742 (planetary nebula) - 08/24/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 25 seconds




Draco Dwarf - (galaxy) - 08/06/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3, 180 seconds





UGC10214 "Tadpole" (galaxy) - 08/06/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 180 seconds





UGC10396 (galaxy) - 08/06/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 180 seconds





UGC10770 (galaxy) - 08/06/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 180 seconds





Deep-Sky objects located in the Constellation of Ursa Minor:


Polaris

07/22/1984 - 50mm Minolta XG-1 15 minutes unguided



Polaris (double star) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ .06 seconds





NGC4972 - see entry for NGC4954 in Draco.




NGC5034 (galaxy) - 06/21/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5144 & PGC46846 (galaxy) - 06/21/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC5323 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC5385 (open cluster) - 06/13/2012
  
80MM f3 Refractorr, StellaCam-II @ 8 seconds                     6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 10 seconds



NGC5412 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC5452 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC5547 & IC4404 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC5607 (galaxy) - 06/21/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5620 (galaxy) - 06/21/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5671 (galaxy) - 06/21/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5712 & IC4470 (galaxy) - 06/21/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC5819 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC5832 (galaxy) - 06/21/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5836 (galaxy) - 09/18/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds





NGC5909, 5912 and MCG1311012 (galaxy) - 09/18/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC6011 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC6048 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC6068 & 6068A (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC6071 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC6079 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC6079 (galaxy) - 09/16/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




NGC6091 & 6079 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




NGC6094 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds





NGC6217 (galaxy) - 08/25/2014 - 8" SCT f5, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds



NGC6251 & 6252 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds




NGC6324 (galaxy) - 06/13/2012 - 6" RC f9, StellaCam-3 and .5 focal reducer @ 20 seconds





NGC6331, CGCG355026 and 355027 (galaxy) - 09/18/2017 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 60 seconds




UGC10054 (galaxy) - 06/13/2015 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3 @ 35 seconds




Ursa Minor Dwarf - (galaxy) - 08/06/2016 - 8" SCT f6.3, StellaCam-3, 180 seconds





"the Dippers" - 06/14/2012

5mm Canon CCTV lens, StellaCam-II 2 seconds





Hope you enjoyed the visit. Come again soon!
Larry McHenry,   Pittsburgh, PA. USA

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