NGC-3628 Edge On Spiral Galaxy with 15.5 magnitude Asteroid 3906 Chao passing by on 02-20-2021 @ 08:46 U.T. to 10:15 U.T.
65 minutes total integration time.

NGC-3628, also known as the Hamburger Galaxy is an unbarred spiral galaxy about 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo.  Part of the Leo Triplet with M65 & M66.
It was discovered by William Herschel in 1784.
The Galaxy is way off in the background, but the Asteroid is much closer actually in our Solar system’s  main Asteroid belt between Mars & Jupiter.

The seeing was terrible and very strong moonlight combined with the high haze barely showed anything in the 300 sec subs, but since I had just cleaned off 3 weeks of Snow & Ice from the top of my domes…I had to try to capture something. I was surprised that it even came out OK considering the terrible conditions. I managed to capture the interloper 3906 Chao (asteroid) as it left it’s little trail with a gap due to
some clouds that floated in during the shot. I placed the red arrow to show you the asteroid’s trail.

Explore Scientific 102mm Triplet APO, Bisque ME Robotic Mount, QHY183C Cooled Cmos Camera, 65 minutes(13 x 300sec subs out of 18 subs stacked),
SkyX, Nebulosity, & Pixinsight, Adobe CC.


Best Regards,

John Chumack