This is 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 west at the top.
One current theory would suggest that these two are in the process of merging into a single elliptical galaxy. Some astronomers predict that this is the fate that awaits the Milky Way and spiral galaxy M-31 in about 5 billion years.
Classification: SAB(rs)cd pec: III
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Classification: IBm pec
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George Normandin, KAS
June 25th, 2000