|NGC 3729: Peculiar Galaxy (Ursa Major) RA: 11h 33.8m / DEC: +53° 07'.5|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This is an interesting selection for the Herschel 400. My drawing renders a 129X view in the 10-inch Starfinder Newtonian. NGC 3718 and NGC 3729 are featured. And while NGC 3718 appears larger with more structure, NGC 3729 is the Herschel 400 object we're after. 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 in the Starfinder. 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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