(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3226 and NGC 3227 - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 4/5/2000  22.15 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8"  f/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Object(s): NGC 3226 and NGC 3227
Category: External galaxy.
Class: E2, Sb
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 11.4, 10.8  size 2'.8 x 2'.5, 5'.6 x 4'.0
Position: RA 10:23  DEC +19:53
Neither galaxy was seen at 49X and this is a small and difficult pair at 98X.
NGC 3227 is a little elongated and has a starlike nucleus while NGC 3226
looked rounder and smoother.
At first glance this pair seems like a single galaxy with a double nucleus, but
closer scrutiny reveals the double nature of these galaxies.
The view did not improve much with higher magnifications.
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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