I took a quick image of NGC3718, exploring the possibility of deeper photos.  It looks like this:

Annotated NGC3718
Annotated image of NGC3718

Better pictures exist.  I’m interested in what I can produce with a good set of sub-exposures and better conditions (image taken two nights ago; near full-moon whiteout).

Just left of NGC3718 is a fascinating group of galaxies.  They are dead center in the crop below:

Closeup of galaxy group next to NGC3718
Dead center is a group of 4 – 5 visible galaxies.

This is HCG 56, from the Hickson catalog of compact galaxy groups (HCG).  I am confident that with clear dark skies and calm winds a cleaner picture is attainable.

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