This is an old image from 2006 and is probably one of the better images I managed to take with my 10″ RC Optical Systems f/9 Ritchey-Chretien telescope. This small galaxy group is collectively known as Hickson Compact Group 44.
I like the diverse forms of the galaxies. NGC 3193 (top left) is an elliptical galaxy and doesn’t show any structure or form at this distance. The main galaxy of this group is NGC 3190 (center) and is a spiral galaxy seen edge-on. NGC 3187 is a very nice looking barred spiral . NGC 3185 (lower right) is a spiral galaxy which also has a prominent central bar.
This group is estimated to be about 80 million years distant.
Object Name: Hickson Compact Group No. 44 – NGC 3190, NGC 3193, NGC 3187 and NGC 3185
Object Type: Galaxy group
Acquisition Date: 2/25/2006
Location: Mount Laguna, San Diego County, California
• Imaging Scope – RC Optical Systems 10″ f/9
• Imaging Camera – SBIG ST-10XME
• Filters – N/A
• Guiding – SBIG ST-10XME
• Mount – Astro-Physics 1200GTO
Camera Control – CCDSoft
Guider control – CCDSoft
• Imaging Camera – cooled to -22
• Exposures – 16 x 360 seconds
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