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NGC 2683 is a nearly edge on spiral galaxy, with a possible barred structure. Located in Lynx, and lies approximately 25 million light years away.
IC 342, sometimes called the Hidden Galaxy because it is heavily obscured by dust since it lies in the direction of the galactic equator of our Milky Way galaxy. Without that, it would be one of the brighter galaxies in our night sky.
NGC 2681 is a lenticular galaxy located 50 million light years away in Ursa Major. Various other more distant galaxies are also visible.
NGC 404 is a dwarf lenticular galaxy 10 million light years away. It lies just 7 arc-min away from the star Mirach, a red giant. The close proximity has earned it the name of Mirach's Ghost because of the difficulty of seeing it.
NGC 1961, a some what distorted massive spiral galaxy, over twice the size of the Milky Way, some 170 million light years away in Camelopardalis.
M 74 is a an example of a "grand design" spiral galaxy, which means it has well defined spiral arms. It has a low surface brightness, that makes is one of the more difficult Messier objects, but the face on view presents a ideal image orientation.
Messier 33 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Triangulum, for that reason it is often called the Triangulum Galaxy. Sometimes referred to as the Pinwheel Galaxy, but that is the name given to Messier 101. It is the smallest spiral galaxy of our local group of galaxies stretching across 60,000 light years and containing some 40 billion stars.
NGC 7741 A barred spiral located in the Pegasus constellation. A barred galaxy has a central bar with spiral arms trailing off of the bar. Many additional distant background galaxies are also in this image.
Star Clouds of Andromeda featuring NGC 206 in the center, which is an OB association of hot O and B type stars numbering over 300 and stretching some 4,000 light years.