Hickson 61 'The Box'

21 March 2012

Hickson 61 'The Box'

The only HCG in Coma Berenices is certainly different, 4 galaxies with dramatic profiles that collectively form a notable rectangular outline. The universe doesn’t usually do straight edges so that is what makes this a little different. I was very please to get just a hint of a dust lane in (c) member NGC 4175 which is the galaxy that projects out a little to the S-E, all 4 members are NGC designated, are the 2 bright stars 1 to the N-E and 1 to the S-W of the box. Can you spot the faint companion PGC 213947 right at the field edge to the SS-W, below the box? I made this sketch on March 20th 2012 using the 505mm mirror, Watec 120N+ camera, north is up and east left in my sketch.

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