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Contains:  NGC 3729, NGC 3718
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NGC 3718, 3729, and Hickson 56, 


            Robert Churan
NGC 3718, 3729, and Hickson 56

NGC 3718, 3729, and Hickson 56

Technical card

Resolution: 4000x2500

ZWO Blue 1.25": 15x255"
ZWO Green 1.25": 15x256"
ZWO Luminance 1.25": 45x256"
ZWO Red 1.25": 16x256"

Integration: 6.5 hours

Darks: ~47

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~50 job: 2591348

RA center: 173.266 degrees

DEC center: 53.054 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.380 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 357.466 degrees

Field radius: 0.249 degrees

Data source: Backyard


NGC 3718 is either a warped spiral or lenticular galaxy approx. 52 million light years away in Ursa Major. It likely got the weird S-shape (that to me almost resembles a klein bottle in a way) from gravitational interaction with NGC 3729, located top left. On the bottom is Hickson 56, a chain of 5 galaxies stretching 48 kilo-parsecs across.



Robert Churan
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Sky plot

Sky plot


NGC 3718, 3729, and Hickson 56, 


            Robert Churan