Located between the hind legs of Ursa Major and the Hunting Dogs, this galaxy is in fact very active if we refer to the intense areas of activity that it contains. It has shown the blasting of 3 supernovae in the past 40 years and hides a super massive black hole of 1.7 million solar masses in its center. Located 45 million light-years away, it belongs to the Big Dipper cluster of galaxies.
Its visual magnitude is 10. At the eyepiece one distinguishes an elongated S shape. After EAA examination, the galaxy shows several very bright zones of high activity in the spiral arms, two of which, located on the eastern edge, suggest a kind of spider hooks.
March 22, 2020 live and EAA observation with SiOnyx Aurora night cam. Setup is a 16" dobsonian scope placed on an equatorial table, afocal mount of the cam behind a Celestron 25mm eyepiece, very good conditions of seeing and transparency. Drawing on black Canson paper with chalk and wax pastel pencils.