Elliptical galaxy in Leo

Star-hop chart

Messier 105 is the round galaxy on the right. To its upper left is the much more elongated elliptical galaxy NGC 3384. The third bright galaxy in this image, on the left, is spiral galaxy NGC 3389. Based on its redshift, this spiral galaxy is thought to be a background object, quite a bit farther away than the two ellipticals.

Magnitude 9.3
Apparent Size 5' x 4'
Distance (light yrs) 32 million
Right Ascension 10:47.8
Declination +12 35
Field of View 35' x 27'

Image details:  Exposure times of 30 minutes each of luminance, red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6.

May 2017