|NGC 3718 & NGC 3729: Galaxy Pair (Ursa Major) RA: 11h 33.3m / DEC: +53° 05'.5|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This galaxy pair hangs from the bowl of the dipper like water drops from a laddle. The sketch at left presents a 129X view in the 10-inch Meade Starfinder Newtonian. NGC 3718 is west of center. This 10.7 magnitude barred spiral has an interesting dark lane structure. The galaxy is split in two triangular sections with a barely discernable dark lane bisecting them along a northwest-to-southeast track. It covers a 7'x3' area. A pair of 11th magnitude GSC stars are close-set at the southern extent of this galaxy's soft glow. Another 11th magnitude star marks the northern limit. NGC 3729 is visible just 11' to the east, very near yet another 11th magnitude GSC star. This 11.4 magnitude peculiar galaxy covers a 3'x2' area. You'll find NGCs 3718 and 3729 about 3 degrees west-southwest of 2.4 magnitude Phad.
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Revised: June 19, 2004 [WDF]