NGC 3344

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Object identification (1.4MB)

Inverted luminance (2.0MB)

DSLR widefield image

Object data of NGC3344

Object type: Galaxy (SBbc)
Size: 7.1' x 6.8'
Magnitude: 10.5 mag
Constellation: LMi
Distance: 22 Mio Ly

NGC 3344 is a relatively isolated barred spiral galaxy located 22 million light years away in the constellation Leo Minor. This galaxy belongs to the group known as the Leo spur, which is a branch of the Virgo Supercluster.

In 2014 a new dwarf companion was discovered by the TBG group. After investigations by Prof. Karachentsev this object is now catalogized as NGC3344 dw1. This dwarf galaxy is marked in the object identification image and can be seen more clearly in the inverted image. 

Two distant galaxy clusters are also visible in the image:

  • GxCl 01 (z=0.385): WHL J104430.2+244428
  • GxCl 02 (z=0.277): WHL J104238.5+250013

Exposure data

Date: 2019-02-04 until 2019-04-06 (8 nights)
Location: Nussbach / Austria (400m)
Telescope: 12" Newtonian telescope (f=1120mm)
Camera: QSI 660wsg-8 with Astrodon filters
Binning: L 1x1 / RGB 1x1
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure time: L 90x8min / R 31x8min / G 31x8min / B 31x8min
Exposure time total: 24h 24min