Deep Sky Object in Spring
NGC3344 (Galaxy in Leo Minor)
|Date & Time: ||Jan 29 2011, from 23:01 to 23:51 JST(+0900)
|Composed 6shots with 10 minutes exposed|
|Optical: ||Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain (f=2500mm, F10.0)
|Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
|Digital Camera: ||Nikon D700
|Location: ||Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.
|Camera Settings: ||Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(2784×1848)|
|Device Size...DX Format (24×16mm)|
The northern neighbor of Leo; the Leo Minor, a spiral galaxy of NGC3344 is lying about southern edge of this minor constellation.
The galaxy has a diameter of about 7 arc minutes, and being face-on galaxy.
You can see in this picture several arms coiled up somewhat denser, but maybe you cannot distinguish those structures, looks like a simple elliptic galaxy through a medium-sized telescope.
The galaxy of NGC3344 has a visual brightness of about 10.7, one of largest galaxies contained in Leo Minor.
|NGC3344 / Galaxy, type (R)SAB(r)bc I-II|
|R.A.||10h 43m 30.8s (2000.0)|
|Dec.||+24° 55' 25" (2000.0)|
|Distance||20 million light yrs.|
|Group of Galaxies||-|
|Other IDs||UGC5840, MCG4-25-46|