arp 48

  arp 48, the last of the class spirals with lsb companions on arms, is the little group in the southeast corner of the field.  this field is a "threefer" with arp 119 the largest pair just northwest of the center and arp 88 the very tiny galaxy roughly 2.5' down from the top and just over 1' from the west edge.

there are at least twelve other galaxies within a 1 arc minute radius of the arp 48 primary, best seen in the 3x detail image below.  the only possible star is the object north and slightly east of the primary and it could easily be a very compact galaxy.  three are extremely faint and one is half off the bottom edge of the field.

atlas image



  10-inch newtonian, starlightxpress mx716, 69 minutes
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