|NGC 3599: Galaxy (Leo) RA: 11h 15.5m / DEC: +18° 06'.6|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
You'll find NGC 3599 nestled within the hindquarter of Leo. 3.3 magnitude Chertan, about 3 degrees due south, offers a good jumping off point for your star hop. The sketch at left renders a 129X view in my 10-inch Meade Starfinder equatorial Newtonian. The 12.0 magnitude galaxy is centered. NGC 3599 displays a stellar core surrounded by a 1' diameter nebulosity. A 15th magnitude GSC star peaks through the night sky some 6' to the east. Another ten stars are scattered across the field. The brightest of these is 10.2 magnitude PPM 128092, 14' west-northwest of NGC 3599. While you're in the area, slew about half a degree to the east for a look at NGC 3607 and NGC 3608.
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