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NGC3226 / 3227

Classification: Spiral Galaxy (dwarf elliptical galaxies)
Constellation: Leo
Object Location: Ra 10h 24m 17s Dec +19° 48’27° (current) (center of two)
Size & Distance: 3226 2.8 x 2.0, 3327 4.1 x 3.9, Apx 77 million light-years.

Date & Location: 04-18-2009 Home
Exposure: LRGB, L=12@ 5min, (bin 1x1) RGB=3 ea. @5min (bin 2x2)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO140ED @ f/7 F/L 980mm.
Mount: Astro-Physics 900 GTO / ATS 10x36 Pier
Camera: SBIG-ST10XME @-20c
Filters: Astrodon G2 LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 4.56, Photoshop CS, Topaz Lab.

Notes: This image was published by Astronomy magazine five times. Feb 2010, May 2011, Feb 2016, May 2018, and in the reader gallery May 2012.
NGC 3226 is a dwarf elliptical galaxy that is interacting with the spiral galaxy NGC 3227. The two galaxies are one of several examples of a spiral with a dwarf elliptical companion that are listed in the Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies.


Sky conditions: Very good seeing, no winds, 50°
Image Field of view is 35 x 52 arcmin.