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.

Atlas Image

 

  10-inch Newtonian, SBIG ST2000XM, 40 minutes  
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