De Vaucouleurs Atlas Type: SA(s)c
Telescope: CTIO 0.9-m
North up , East left
Field Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.1 arcminutes
RC3 Type: SA(s)c
RSA Type: Sc(s)II
Surface Brightness Range Displayed: 18.0-26.0 mag per square arcsec
Absolute Blue Magnitude: -21.7
Elmegreen Spiral Arm Class: AC12
De Vaucouleurs Atlas Description:
The core is very small in this galaxy, and the arms are extensive, but there is little patchiness in the arms. Still, we adopt an Sc classification because the core is so small.
NGC 6215 is interacting gravitationally with nearby NGC 6221 . The interaction has produced a tidal bridge and a possible dwarf galaxy made of bridge material (Koribalski and Dickey 2004).