Arp 281 (NGC 4627 & 4631)
| Arp 281 is the first
member of the class Double Galaxies with Infall and Attraction.
The Atlas note is "knots resolved with 48-inch. Diffuse counter
tail on companion". The primary is NGC 4631 and the small
companion is NGC 4627. NGC 4631 is also know as the Whale or the
Herring galaxy. The Atlas image is disappointing because it is
overprocessed, probably in an effort to emphasize the connection between
the two galaxies. For a spectacular view, see
Robert Gendler's image in the Kanipe and Webb book.
|10-inch Newtonian, SBIG ST2000XM, 40 minutes|