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NGC 6285/NGC 6286 - Arp 293
Penryn, California
April  2006
M 250 @ f 9.3 (ag, ST-4)
ST-10XME LRGB 15 minutes each

NGC 6285 is the smaller galaxy located to the upper left of NGC 6286.  NGC  6285 is classified as SO-a and is thought to be forming a polar ring.  NGC 6286 is classified as Sb/P (note the faint dust band crossing the galaxy at an extreme angle).

Recent studies by Shalyapina, suggest that it is not forming a polar ring but instead is a "super wind galaxy" still reacting to the close encounter with its' neighbor.

Surface brightness for both galaxies is mag. 15.