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PostSubject: Constellation Guide LEO MINOR   Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:33 pm

Leo Minor - The Little Lion



Pronounced "Lee - Oh - My - Ner"



Where to find the constellation









Constellation Chart







Just a quicky for Leo Minor - a small constellation, positioned immediately 'above' it's bigger, and more illustrious brother.

There are no Messier objects in Leo Minor, but like it's bigger brother, Leo, it has more than it's fair share of ngc-classified galaxies.



No really bright deep sky objects reside in Leo Minor, but there are at least 4 ngc galaxies that can be spotted with a modest aperture scope.

NGCs.... 2859 (mag 10.9) - 3245 (mag 10. Cool - 3344 (mag 9.9) - 3486 (mag 10.5)

are all fairly remote from the brighter stars in the area, so you'll need to be a competent star-hopper to find them manually.

There's also an interesting little cluster of galaxies, quite near to Praesipua and 46 Leo minoris, but they are dimmer than the 4 previously mentioned, so will require more aperture and/or a decent dark sky to pick more than a couple of them up.



The small 'cluster' of glaxies in Leo Minor

Note - these are all very small, and dim - ranging in magnitude from 11.6 to 13.2

Good skies, high magnification, and plenty of aperture required.







Leo Minor NGCs (with magnitudes) - from my own "1200 Northern NGCs" list

For those with 'GoTo' or a good chart

2859 - Gal - 10.9

3003 - Gal - 11.9

3021 - Gal - 12.1

3158 - Gal - 11.9

3245 - Gal - 10.8

3254 - Gal - 11.6

3277 - Gal - 11.7

3294 - GAl - 11.8

3344 - Gal - 9.9

3381 - Gal - 11.7

3395 - Gal - 12.1

3396 - Gal - 12.1

3414 - Gal - 12.1

3430 - Gal - 11.6

3432 - Gal - 11.3

3486 - Gal - 10.5

3504 - Gal - 11

3512 - Gal - 12.3
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation Guide LEO MINOR   Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:13 pm

Thanks for the awesome constellation guide.
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation Guide LEO MINOR   Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:13 pm

another excellent guide Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation Guide LEO MINOR   Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:14 pm

these guides are just incredible. You have no idea how useful they are to someone who's just starting out.
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PostSubject: Re: Constellation Guide LEO MINOR   Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:14 pm

Astrotones wrote:
these guides are just incredible. You have no idea how useful they are to someone who's just starting out.

Agree wholeheartedly.

This is def. something that I am going to be referring back to time and again to learn my way around the sky.
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