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NGC 3395, 3396, 3430, 3424 & 3413
Galaxies in Leo Minor. Spring
in the Northern Hemisphere is sometimes referred to as "galaxy
season" because our view is somewhat perpendicular to the
One interesting amalgam of galaxies lies in the direction of the
Leo Minor (Little
NGC 3395 and 3396 are the two galaxies that appear to be interacting
(upper right in this image). Both lie at a distance of approximately
85 million light-years, and may be in the process of coalescing into single
structure. NGC 3430 and 3424 are the two delicate spirals to the left
of center in this image. For additional views of NGC 3395/3396 see
For another view of NGC 3430/3424 see the
image. Several more galaxies are visible in this field; click the
thumbnail below for a map to identify them.
My image was made on
January 20, 2013.
data was collected in the ratio of 120:30:30:30
(cropped) using CCD Commander.
The data were acquired with an STL11000 and ASA 10N on an
AP900 GTO and stacked in
MaximDL. Final processing was
|This page illustrates what can be photographed using amateur telescopes and a CCD camera. I
currently use an
camera and have previously used a SBIG and
Xpress cameras, as well as a
245 camera that I built
myself. Most of the images were actually taken from my backyard near a busy street with
several street lights. Not only is the CCD camera a great imaging tool, but it allows
"real time" observation of objects not normally visible in areas with
moderate-severe light pollution.
International Dark Sky Association