Monday, April 24, 2017

imaged NGC 3628 (Halifax)

BGO imaged NGC 3628 for me. A very large galaxy in Leo. Another RASC Finest. Edge-on, it seems the outer edges of the spiral arms are disturbed. They seem to fan out. Those dark clouds are amazing. Fantastic. Sometimes known as The Hamburger Galaxy.

RASC Finest NGC 3628 galaxy luminance

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, Paint.NET. North is up; east is left.

There seem to be a lot of faint small fuzzies in this image too. SkyTools labels a couple.

LEDA 1431922 is south-west of the grand galaxy, just south-west of the star J112004.7+132846. A dim round ball of lint.

Further along is bright LEDA 1430824. The round glow is nestled in the centre of a triangle of points of light. Are those distant galaxies or nearby dim stars?

LEDA 1430330, a faint, stretched oval, is slightly west-south-west of 1430824.

LEDA 1439902 is a very dim small elongated fuzzy to the north, slightly east.

SkyTools reports a lot of WEE quasars in this field but I don't think I see any of them.


Imaged again on 22 Mar '20. Is it better?


Wikipedia link: NGC 3628.

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