Leo II is one of the 24 known members of our local group.It is a spheroidal dwarf galaxy (typed dSph, E0) with an apparent diameter of 11arc.min. and a magnitude of 12,5mag.
Its real distance is about 700.000 light-years and a star-count in 2007 in NIR with the 8.2m Subaru-Telescope on top of Mauna Kea resulted in over 80.000 stars down to 26th.magnitude.
Leo II was detected first in 1950 by Robert G. Harrington und Albert George Wilson (Mount Palomar/Mount Wilson)
position (epoch 2000):
Ra.: 11h 13m 29,2s
Decl.: 22° 09′ 17″
LRGB (480-120-120-120 min),a total of 14.0 hours
80cm f/7 AstroOptik Keller corrected cassegrain
FLI Proline 16803 Astrodon LRGB Gen-II filters Prompt 7
CTIO/UNC Chile,remote controlled
image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken
here you see the dwarf galaxy Leo II in a squared 21,5´arc.min.wide sky-areal in the constellation of Leo.
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