Discovered by William Herschel in 1784.
NGC 3628 is a spiral galaxy viewed edge on. Its most conspicuous feature is the dark band of dust that bisects the galaxy. NGC 3628 is a member of a small group of galaxies known as the Leo Triplet. The two other members are M65 and M66. The galaxy lies in the constellation Leo and is approximately 35 million light-years from the Earth. Due to its unusual shape, NGC 3628 is known as the Hambugger Galaxy.
Many, if not most, of the faint "star like" background objects are actually distant galaxies. I located six very distant quasars sourrounding NGC 3628. A labeled image displaying these quasars may be viewed here.