(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3185/90/93 (Hickson 44) - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 3/18/1999  23.40 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II-III <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" F/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 3185/90/93 (Hickson 44)
Category: Group of galaxies.
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 11.0  size 17'
Position: RA 10:18  DEC +21:50
Great field with two galaxies visible at 98X and three at 203X within about
NGC 3185: Not well seen at 98X but more easily at 203X. Faintest of the three
this galaxy is an even smudge with no real brightning towards the nucleus.
NGC 3190: A very elongated galaxy shaped rather like a sigar. There seemed to
be some brightness differences in the middle of NGC 3190, seeming like two
nuclei with a somewhat fainter area in between. From the ends of the central
bulge gradually fading outwards toward the edges.
NGC 3193: A round galaxy with a bright nucleus and a fiant halo of light 
spreading almost to a star of mag. 9 about 40" to the north.
Also in this group is NGC 3187 but that galaxy was too faint to be seen in 
my 8" Dob.
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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