(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3344 - Inst: 40" f/5 dob

Observer: Mark G.Birkmann
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 1-25-2001, 8:30 UT (2:30 CDT)
Location of site: New Haven, Missouri (Lat ~38, Elev ~700 feet)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 4 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 40" f/5 dob
Magnification: ~204x, and 408x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 3344
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sc
Constellation: Leo Minor
Data: mag 10.5(B)  size 7.3' x 6.4"
Position: RA 10h:43m 30.8s  DEC +24:55' 25"
This galaxy was very easy to find.  Above the back of Leo the Lion, in the
southern part of Leo Minor, is a triangle of stars.  The apex is on the left 
and on the right is the base which consists of the 5.6 magnitude star 40 LMi 
and the 5.1 magnitude star 41 LMi.  The galaxy lies between these two stars.    
The core was small and slightly brighter than the rest of the galaxy which was 
fairly evenly illuminated.  The spiral nature of this galaxy was apparent not so 
much because the arms where brighter but also because of the dark lanes 
adjacent to them.  The arm and dark lane to the north east of the core was the 
easiest to see.  The arm and dark lane to the southwest was much fainter and was 
confirmed only by bumping the scope.  North is roughly to the left in the 
drawing which can be seen at 
Optional related URLs: http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/twyford/637/drawings.htm
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