NGC 3190 Group

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This "Trio in Leo" is quite spectacular to behold. Unlike M65, M66, and NGC 3628 (another trio in Leo) these three galaxies are easily captured in a single image. There is actually a fourth member of this group which not shown- but the group also goes by another catalogued name of "Hickson 44." These galaxies are estimated to be 60 million light years away. The galaxy furthest to the left is an elliptical galaxy (NGC 3193) and is fairly devoid of detail. The bottom center of the image features NGC 3190. This galaxy is spiral galaxy whose arms are tightly wound around the disk. From our perspective, we view this galaxy 8 degrees from edge-on. Finally NGC 3187 on the right is both dim and striking in shape as a spiral galaxy.

In order to appreciate this image, first click on the image shown on this page to give you the overall impression of the group. Then click HERE to see a much larger version. At this larger scale it is easier to see small details in the foreground galaxies as well as the myriad of others in the background cosmos.


16in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8
Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount
SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

L R G B color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 185 minutes binned 1x1
Red = 30 minutes binned 2x2
Green = 30 minutes binned 2x2
Blue = 30 minutes binned 2x2

  • One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were applied to the luminance image.

  • Minimum credit line: Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 1/01/2003