Arp 324

  Arp 324 is a member of the Galaxy Chains class.  The Atlas note says "diffuse elongation of ellipticals along line joining them".  This is a long chain, consisting of seven galaxies.  They are best identified using their Vorontsov-Velyaminov designations.  The largest member, at the N end, is VV 159a.  The small galaxy about 1' S is VV159e.  Next comes VV 159b and then a very close pair of compact galaxies, just E of the star, cataloged together as VV 159d.  Another minute S is VV159c and finally, at the S end, the edge-on perpendicular to the chain is VV 159f.

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  10-inch Newtonian, Cookbook 245, 40 minutes
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