(IAAC) Obj: NGC 3607 and NGC 3608 - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 4/13/2001  22.30 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <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 3607 and NGC 3608
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 10.0, 11.0  size 3'.7 x 3'.2, 3'.0 x 2'.5
Position: RA 11:17  DEC +18:03
Interesting pair of galaxies in Leo.
NGC 3607 and NGC 3608 are almost twins in appearance except for the fact that
NGC 3607 is much brighter of the two. Both are small and round and both have
bright centers with NGC 3607 having a very bright nucleus.
Just south of NGC 3607 I noted what looked like a fuzzy spot. After checking
my software I discovered that a 13th mag. galaxy, NGC 3605 lies in about
that position. Whether I saw this faint galaxy or just a faint field star
I dont know.
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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