Spiral Galaxy NGC 3240 in Hydra

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3240


A 10 minute exposure with an ST-6 CCD camera thru Kopernik's 20-inch F/8.1 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope. The field of view is about 5x7 arc minutes, with North at the top.
Time: 3:02 UT, March 20th, 2001.


Quote from Dreyer's New General Catalog (NGC):

"Extremely faint, small, round, star nearby."

Quote from The Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000:

"Patchy arms with several bright knots; galaxy 2.1 arc minutes southwest."

NGC 3240 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Hydra. It was the host of recent Supernova 2001m, and we took this image in an attempt to record this supernova. However, the supernova had faded below the limiting magnitude of this image. There is an edge-on anonymous galaxy to the south west of NGC 3240 in our image. NGC 3240 is roughly at a distance of 190 million light years.



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George Normandin, KAS

April 1st, 2001