NGC 3628ngc3628

Spiral Galaxy in Leo
NGC 3389
Mag 10.9
Forms Leo Triplet with M65 and M66


1st quarter moon bright enough to cast shadows

Part of the Leo Triplet along with M65 and M66
Just the merest hint of a smudge in a hazy sky
Much fainter than M65 or M66 which is perhaps why Messier missed it

Much fainter than it's companions M65 and M66 which together form the Leo Triplet
A hint of shape with inverted vision of this edge on Galaxy
All three of the Leo Triplet just fit into the FOV in 12mm

Observed with M66 and NGC 3628, together forming the Leo Triplet
Rather a sparse FOV, with the only bright star HIP 55262, Mag 7.10, between M65 and NGC 3628
All three galaxies show good shapes and structures, with NGC 3628, although the faintest at Mag 9.50 appearing the largest with the merest hint of a dust lane splitting it lenghways
M66 has a nice little asterism of stars of Mag 9.8 and 11th Mag sitting beside it

Observed with M65 and M66, which is ANs object of the month for March
NGC 3628 is much fainter than the other two members of the LEO Triplet, but with inverted vision appears much larger although still an elongated blur