NGC 3344 (UGC 5840) Galaxy in Leo Minor

Located at: RA 10 hours 43 minutes 31 seconds, Dec +24 degrees 55 minutes 24 seconds

Size: 7.3' x 6.4' Magnitude: 10.5 blue Class: (R)SAB(r)bc HII

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 690 minutes (69 x 10 minute subs), 04/26/27/28/29/2016; seeing 2.8-4.0 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.91.5875.24618, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes:

As the moon departs the evening sky, I am imaging galaxies in the south. See M 105 ... This is a very nice spiral that I have not seen many images of.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 3344
NGC 3344 = UGC 05840 = MCG +04-25-046 = CGCG 124-060 = PGC 31968
10 43 31.0 +24 55 20
V = 9.9;  Size 7.1x6.5;  SB = 13.9

17.5": fairly bright, large, about 4'x3' extended ~E-W.  Unusual appearance as 
two bright stars are involved on the E side.  Sharp concentration with a faint 
outer halo and a well-defined much brighter core.  A mag 10.5 star is on the E 
side 52" from the center and a mag 10 star is at the E edge of the halo 1.6' 
from the center.  Also a mag 13.5 star is superimposed about 30" SE of the core.

8": faint, large, low surface brightess.  Two mag 10 stars are at the E edge.

- by Steve Gottlieb