|NGC 2964 & NGC 2968: Galaxy Pair (Leo) RA: 09h 43.0m / DEC: +31° 53'.4|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This pair resides in northern Leo. The 5.4 magnitude star, 20 Leonis Minoris, blazes about 4 degrees due east of the pair. 7.3 magnitude HD 84004 marks the area just 22' due north. My sketch, based on an 82X view in the 10-inch Starfinder, shows both galaxies near the center of the field. NGC 2964 covers a 1'.5x1'.0 area and is elongated east-west. This Sb/Sc-type galaxy has a visual magnitude of 11.3. NGC 2968, 6' to the northeast, covers a 1' diameter area. This 11.7 magnitude star city is classified as irregular. 13.6 magnitude NGC 2970, 4'.8 northeast of NGC 2968, is not visible in the 10-inch.
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