This is a 10 minute exposure with an ST-9E CCD camera thru Kopernik's 20-inch F/8.1 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope taken on May 5th, 2003 at 4:15 UT. The field of view is 8x8 arc minutes with North at the top.
UGC 06212 and Shakhbazian 351:
Spiral Galaxy UGC 06212 form a loose pair of galaxies in Leo. They are roughly 264 million light years away. There is also another dim anonymous galaxy near the pair, but it is probably a background object.
Edge-on Spiral Galaxy UGC 06216 (left side of the image) has a somewhat different red shift and is probably not a part of this group. The red shift gives a distance estimate of 305 million light years for this galaxy. This region of Leo is filled with dim 15th to 20th magnitude galaxies at great distance.
Classification: Spiral Galaxy
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George Normandin, KAS
May 11th, 2003