NGC 3486 - SAB(r)c

NGC 3486

De Vaucouleurs Atlas Type: SAB(r)c

Filter: B

Telescope: WHT 4.2-m
North up , East left
Field Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 arcminutes

RC3 Type: SAB(r)c
RSA Type: Sbc(r)I.2
Surface Brightness Range Displayed: 17.5-25.0 mag per square arcsec
Absolute Blue Magnitude: -18.6
Elmegreen Spiral Arm Class: AC 9

De Vaucouleurs Atlas Description:

The bar is a small oval lying inside a strong, and largely closed, inner ring . The ring has a slight hexagonal shape, and is a zone of considerable star formation. Since the galaxy is relatively face-on, we are seeing the approximate true shape of the feature. Two main diffuse arms break from the minor axis of the ring, but are interspersed by numerous other spiral features. Outside the patchy inner spiral zone, numerous faint outer arms are found. The Sc classification is based on the extreme patchiness and openness of the spiral arms.