Herschel 400 Objects

NGC 3686: Spiral Galaxy (Leo) RA: 11h 27.7m / DEC: +17° 13'.4
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

NGC 3686 is found in the tail of Leo among a fine quartet of spiral galaxies. NGCs 3681, 3684, 3686 and 3691 are presented in the sketch at left, which captures an 82X view in my 10-inch Newonian. These galaxies range from magnitude 11.2 to 11.8 in brightness with three of the four are arranged along a northeast-to-southwest line. All present an oval profile with NGC 3686 covering a 3'x2' area. An 11th magnitude GSC star stands sentry along the galaxy's northern edge. You'll find 11.3 magnitude NGC 3686 and his siblings 3.5 degrees northeast of 3.3 magnitude Chort.

NGC 3675 NGC 3726


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