Deep Sky Object in Spring
NGC3226, NGC3227 (Galaxies in Leo)

Date & Time: Dec 28 2008, from 26:37 to 27:07 JST(+0900)
Composed 6 shots with 6 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1760mm, F7.1)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Nikon D80 (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3872×2592)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO3200

NGC3226 / Galaxy, type E2:pec
R.A.10h 23m 27.4s (2000.0)
Dec.+19° 53' 55" (2000.0)
Apparent Size3.1×2.8'
Radial Velocity+1634km/s
Distance75 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesLeo II - NGC3227 Group
Other IDsUGC5617, MCG3-27-15
CGCG94-26, PGC30440
NGC3227 / Galaxy, type SAB(s)pec II-III
R.A.10h 23m 31.4s (2000.0)
Dec.+19° 51' 48" (2000.0)
Apparent Size5.4×3.6'
Radial Velocity+1469km/s
Diatnce75 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesLeo II - NGC3227 Group
Other IDsUGC5620, MCG3-27-16
CGCG94-28, PGC30445
NGC3226 and NGC3227 is a closing pair of galaxies positioned at 50 arc minutes east of gamma Leonis, forming the root of Lion's neck. A larger one of NGC3227 is a bared galaxy with a size of about 5 arc minutes, and another one of NGC3226 is a tiny elliptical with 3 arc minutes in diameter. You can detect somehow inconspicuous arms of NGC3227 in this picture, but only dimmed two lumps of light snuggling up in field of view of larger telescopes.



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