|NGC 3801 & Co.: Galaxy Cluster (Leo) RA: 11h 40.3m / DEC: +17° 43'.7|
Instrument: 18-inch Obsession
This fine collection of stellar metropolises resides in eastern Leo, just above the tail of the beast. five galaxies are presented in the sketch at left, which was made at 199X in the big Obsession. Three are clustered near the center. Among these is NGC 3801, brightest and southern-most of the trio. This 12.0 magnitude galaxy is aligned west-northwest to east-southeast in the 18-inch and covers a 1'.5x0'.4 area. About 2'.4 to the north, 13.3 magnitude NGC 3802 appears as a pencil thin slash of light. Just 1'.2x0'.1 in dimension, this galaxy is east-west aligned. Another 2' to the north, the subtle mark of NGC 3803 emerges to the eye. This is best seen with averted vision, appearing barely non-stellar at just 20" in size and no published visual magnitude.
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