NGC 3359 (UGC 5873) Galaxy in Ursa Major

Located at: RA 10 hours 46 minutes 37 seconds, Dec +63 degrees 13 minutes 26 seconds

Size: 7.3' x 4.3' Magnitude: 11.0 blue Class: SB(rs)c 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, 480 minutes  (48 x 10 minute subs) 02/24/25/2015; seeing 2.5-4.0 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.87.5531.19367, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

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

Notes: As with most of this new year, had to image between clouds of varying opacity. Only two nights worth before 'storms' moved in, so I'm posting what I have. See the 8" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 3359

NGC 3359 = UGC 05873 = MCG +11-13-037 = CGCG 313-033 = PGC 32183
10 46 36.7 +63 13 28
V = 10.6;  Size 7.2x4.4;  SB = 14.2;  PA = 170d

17.5": fairly bright, large, elongated 3:2 SSW-NNE.  A brighter bar is visible 
through the center along the major axis!  Has a large, diffuse halo about 5'x3' 
which fades into the background.  The brighter core has an irregular surface 
brightness.  Two mag 14 stars are 3.4' WNW and 2.8' ESE of center.

- by Steve Gottlieb