NGC 3344

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NGC 3344 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Leo Minor, with dimensions 7.1'x6.5' and magnitude 10.2.
Its distance from the Milky Way is estimated at 20 million light-years and its real size is 45,000 light-years, so it is a relatively small galaxy.
In reality it is a barred spiral, but the bar is very small and not immediately recognizable in the large bulge.
The extension of the spiral arms is notable, making almost a complete revolution around the galaxy, with evident fragmentations in the outer arms and several HII regions in the inner ones.
Countless remote galaxies are visible throughout the field.

Technical data
Optic         GSO RC12 Truss - Aperture 304mm, focal lenght 2432mm, f/8
Mount       10Micron GM2000 HPSII
Camera        ZWO ASI 2600 MM Pro with filter wheel 7 positions
Filters        Astrodon Gen2 E-Serie Tru-Balance 50mm unmounted LRGB  
Guiding system   ZWO OAG-L with guide camera ASI 174MM
Exposure details  L 59x300" bin3 -15C

             R 20x300" bin3 -15C
             G 20x300" bin3 -15C
          B 16x300" bin3 -15C

                all gain 100
Total integration  9h35'
Acquisition      Voyager, PHD2
Processing      Pixinsight 1.8, Photoshop CS5, StarXTerminator, NoiseXTerminator, BlurXTerminator
SQM-L       21.00   
Location       Promiod (Aosta Valley, Italy), own remote observatory
Date           14/15/16 December 2023, 12 January 2024


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