NGC 3395 & 3396 -- Interacting Galaxies in Leo Minor
The Spiral Galaxy, NGC 3395, is interacting with the Irregular Galaxy, NGC 3396. I have
read that the two can be separated using a 6-inch telescope, but I was not able to achieve
separation at any magnification. To me, with the 155mm refractor, the two blended
together forming a strange looking U-shaped smudge of light.
Halton Arp published in 1966 his “Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies” of which NGC 3395 and
NGC 3396 was his 270th entry. These are difficult galaxies to observe under suburban
skies and were close to the limit of my telescope, so I consider it a success even though
I failed to separate them.