|NGC 3395 & NGC 3396: Galaxy Group (Leo Minor) RA: 10h 51.1m / DEC: +32° 58'.0|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This fine group of galaxies is tucked away in Leo Minor just across the border from Ursa Major. 5.0 magnitude 46 Ursae Majoris lies about 1.3 degrees to the northeast. The 3.8 magnitude star 46 Leonis Minoris is 1.4 degrees to the north-northeast. The sketch at left renders an 82X view in the 10-inch Meade Starfinder Newtonian. NGC 3395 and NGC 3396 are off in the northwest corner. NGC 3395 is a 12.0 magnitude spiral oriented northeast-southwest across a 3'x1' area. NGC 3396, 1.4 arc minutes to the northeast, is similar in size but elongated east-west. A backwards-C arrangement of five 10th and 11th magnitude GSC stars encircles NGC 3395 and NGC 3396.
Shifting attention to the eastern side of the field, NGC 3430 is an 11.5 magnitude Sc-type galaxy. It covers a 120"x90" area and is oriented nearly east-west. The close pair of bright stars east-northeast of NGC 3430 are HD 94178 and GSC 2519:720. 8.7 magnitude HD 94086 is visible 6' north of NGC 3430. The 80"x40" form of NGC 3424 is seen 6' west-southwest of NGC 3430. This galaxy has a photographic magnitude of 13.2, indicating a visual magnitude of about 12.0. Finally, the 12th magnitude spiral NGC 3413 lies about 10' southwest of NGC 3424. HD 94087 shines at 7.7 magnitude about 12' southeast of NGC 3413.
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