NGC 3486 in Leo Minor

NGC 3486 in Leo Minor Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

NGC 3486 is a barred spir­al galaxy loc­ated about 27.4 mil­lion light years away in the con­stel­la­tion of Leo Minor. It’s appar­ent size meas­ures 6.6′ x 4.7′ and it shines at mag 10.5. It has a mor­pho­lo­gic­al clas­si­fic­a­tion of SAB®c, which indic­ates it is a barred spir­al with an inner ring and loosely wound arms. This is a bor­der­line, low-lumin­os­ity Sey­fert galaxy with an act­ive nuc­le­us. How­ever, no radio or X‑ray emis­sion has been detec­ted from the core, and it may only have a small super­massive black hole with less than a mil­lion times the mass of the Sun.

North is down in this deep exposed image, which shows objects faint­er than mag 21.5.


[descrip­tion from Wikipedia]


RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 480:240:160:160 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart NGC 3486 

NGC 3486 Galaxy in Leo Minor Sky Chart Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Image cre­ated by Skychart

About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.