Object name: IC0696

Designation(s): IC0696, IC0698, IC2857, IC2850, IC2853, IC2867, NGC3705,

FGC 1253 and IC 696 are a couple of the members of the WBL 334 galaxy group which is part of the much larger ZwCl 1126.3+0913 galaxy cluster. NED lists WBL 334 as consisting of 6 members though I find as many as 10 in my image. The Zwicky galaxy cluster is listed as being 73 minutes across (about 4 times the area of my field, and containing 213 members. No way that only consists of those about 300 million light-years distant as NED seems to be saying. There aren\'t that many galaxies total under a billion light-years in that area of the sky. I\'m a bit mystified by that count. Seems every galaxy group catalog has a different name and galaxy count for the group ranging from 5 to 7. I identify 10 between 280 and 340 million light-years in the annotated image with two being somewhat questionable.

IC 696 has a somewhat red condensation along with expected blue star clusters. The slightly orange one is listed in NED as a separate galaxy. There\'s no direct spectroscopic measurement of its redshift so the listed redshift of 300 million light-years is only based on the other galaxies in the area. It may lie far beyond for all I know. Its color would indicate it is not a star cluster in the galaxy. IC 2850 is a rather white galaxy but on the eastern side, there\'s a blue object. Another elongated blue object running under the core of IC 2850. The blue object carries its own designation though NED says it is part of IC 2850. I suppose that\'s possible but the redshift is slightly different and it seems far too large to be a star cluster in the galaxy. I can\'t shake the idea this is two galaxies just starting to interact. NED however disagrees and they are the expert.

IC 2853 to the upper right has two long faint plumes or drawn out arms. The northern one turns back after going further north than the bright field star curving to the west (right). The southern arm seems straight with no bend. It would appear it has interacted with some other member of the group to create these elongated arms.

The big galaxy in the upper left corner, NGC 3705, appears so much larger mainly because it is closer. Assuming a distance of 60,000 light-years it is some 85,000 light-years across. A bit larger than average for a spiral galaxy. However, flat galaxy FGC 2857 is some 186,000 light-years across. Twice the size of NGC 3705. However face on IC 696 is 86,000 light-years across, about the same size of NGC 3705. IC 2853 with its huge plumes is the largest at a tad over 200,000 light-years.

IC 696 and IC 698 were discovered by Rudolf Spitaler on March 31, 1892. IC 2850, IC 2853, IC 2857 and IC 2867 were discovered by Max Wolf on March 27, 1906. NGC 2850 is the discovery of Édouard Stephan on March 22, 1882.

There are three asteroids that wormed their way into the image. Their details are listed in the annotated image. Two of the three have names. Asteroid Belkin was discovered by the Russian astronomer L. V. Zhuravleva in 1982. It\'s naming citation reads: \"Anatoly Pavlovich Belkin (b. 1953) is a prominent modern Russian painter. His pictures are shown in famous Russian and Western museums and galleries.\" Asteroid Mitchella was discovered in Heidelberg by A. Bohrmann in 1937. Name Citation of asteroids discovered this long ago are not listed at the Minor Planet Center as they are protected by the copyright of a book, I don\'t have, on early asteroid names. Asteroid 2000 WZ8 was discovered in late 2000 by W. K. Y. Yeung at Desert Beaver wherever that is.

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