|NGC 3254: Spiral Galaxy (Leo Minor) RA: 10h 29.3m / DEC: +29° 29'.5|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This fine spiral galaxy is located in southern Leo Minor. 5.5 magnitude Leonis Minors shines about 3 degrees due west. The sketch at left captures the view in my 10-inch Newt at 190X. NGC 3254 appears as a 4'x1'.5 glow aligned northeast-to-southwest through the center of the field. This gives the 11.7 magnitude galaxy a relatively high surface brightness of 22.0 magnitude per square arc second. 9.4 magnitude PPM 100407 stands 6' to the east, the brightest of a several stars in the field. It is paired with a 9.9 magnitude star 1'.5 to the south. A 14th magnitude star shimmers some 3' northwest of the Sb-type galaxy.
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