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)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO3200

NGC3344 / Galaxy, type (R)SAB(r)bc I-II
R.A.10h 43m 30.8s (2000.0)
Dec.+24° 55' 25" (2000.0)
Apparent Size7.0×6.5'
Radial VelocityN/A
Distance20 million light yrs.
Group of Galaxies-
Other IDsUGC5840, MCG4-25-46
CGCG124-60, PGC31968
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.



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