(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3344 - Inst: 13" f/5.6 Newtonian

Observer: Steve Coe
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: 18 Apr 98
Location of site: Buckeye, Arizona (Lat +33, Elev 1500)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6/10 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 5/10 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 13" f/5.6 Newtonian
Magnification: 150X, 220X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 3344
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: LMi
Data: mag   size 
Position: RA :  DEC :
I had not looked at this galaxy for many years.  It is pretty bright, large,
much brighter in the middle and quite round.  The size of this face-on
spiral doubles in size with averted vision.  The striking feature of this
object is that two pretty bright (9th mag) stars and one pretty faint
(12th mag) star are involved on the eastern quarter of this galaxy.  The
pretty faint star is in close to the nucleus and the two brighter stars
are in the disk.  After having a thought that one of them must be a
supernova, a quick glance at the Vicker's atlas dispelled that notion.
Going from 150X to 220X did not enhance the arms of the galaxy, but the
stars were easier to see.
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