Constellation tour in Spring
Leo Minor (The Little Leo)

Date & Time: Jan 1 2000, 27:05 JST(+0900), 15min. Exp.
Optical: MD Rokkor f=50mm F1.4, Aperture: F3.5, with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI EM-200 Equatorial
Film: Ektachrome E200 (+1EV pushed)
Location: Kita-ibaraki city, Ibaraki pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
A minor constellation of Leo Minor is found out just north of Leo, synonymous with the constellations in spring skies. Only three stars with fourth magnitude form the Leo Minor, perhaps you cannot imagine the figure of small lion in this vacant celestial field.
The constellation was established by Hevelius in 17th century, and has no major myths. It's considered that he invented the Leo Minor associated with the Leo, but actually these two constellations don't have any relations.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

NGC2859 .....A bared galaxy with ring-shaped structure in western edge
NGC3003 .....Small edge-on galaxy in west region, 80 millions ly away
NGC3254 .....Small spiral galaxy in southern part, 80 millions ly away
NGC3344 .....A compact face-on galaxy in southern region near a boundary on Leo
NGC3395, NGC3396 .....Small colliding galaxy pair and surrounding minor galaxies in eastern LMi
NGC3432 .....Small edge-on galaxy about 5deg east of beta LMi
NGC3486 .....Medium-scaled spiral galaxy at SE region


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