NGC3344


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Obj Type
Location
Date Taken:
Smoot
NGC 344
Galaxy
Mayhill, NM
03-11-2011
Description

NGC3344 is a smallish but very nice face on ringed spiral galaxy located in the constellation Leo Minor.  It has a small bar and lies around 25 million light years away and has a diameter of about 30 thousand light years.  A detailed analysis of this galaxy can be seen here.

Note, there aren't too many other deep images of this galaxy.  Adam Block has an image that is not quite as deep (or, at least, stretched as much) and more cropped here.  Both of these images show the presence of many small Ha regions in this galaxy (adding Ha data to this may help bring these out).

There are also several other dimmer galaxies evident in this image.  A review of Aladin reveals that several of these are of the magnitude 20 range or dimmer.

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
4.25 hrs L/2 hrs each RGB
Camera:
SBIG STL-11000M
Telescope:
RCOS 16 inch f/8.7 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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