Spiral Galaxy NGC3344 in Leo Minor

(RA 10h 43.5m , Dec. +24 55', 9.9 mag., 6.9 x 6.4 arcmin.)

This is a really elegant face-on barred spiral galaxy located 620' NEE of z Leonis and midway between 40 Leonis and 41 Leonis (see finder chart below).

The above image was taken on December 3, 2000 from Harrowsmith, Ontario. Cookbook 245 LDC camera was used on Celestron Ultima 8 SCT with f6.3 focal reducer. White exposures (10 x 60 sec.) were combined using AIP4WIN.

North is to the right.

Map created in Guide 7.0 - 745' x 10. North is up.

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