NGC 3344 – May 21, 2017

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Date and Time: 2017-05-21 00:10
Observer: Default Observer
Object Class: Galaxy
Object Coordinates: 10h44m27.5s, +24°49’56”
Constellation: LMi
Magnitude: 10.5
Altitude: 46°

Object: NGC 3344
Location: Texas Star Party
Seeing and Transparency: Seeing is bad, transparency is good.
Telescope: Zhumell Z12 12″ Dob
Log: Observed with Tele Vue Ethos 13mm, 115x. It’s a mostly smooth featureless haze, faint, just barely visible with direct vision though. It doesn’t get much brighter with averted vision. It’s got two bright stars directly next to it. The halo reaches out to somewhere in between the two bright stars, which are pointing towards the nucleus of the galaxy, which is somewhat condensed. There’s a third star that flickers in and out of view. It’s a faint star, close to the nucleus of the galaxy, and it kind of gives the impression of a double nucleus. The object is medium sized.

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