Monday, 30 September 2013

Everyone's heard of NGC 253—this is NGC 254

http://members.pcug.org.au/~stevec/ngc254_STXL11002_RC_LRGB.jpg
Steve Crouch turns his eye to a less-often imaged galaxy. And captures at least 10 other galaxies into the bargain! He explains:
Thought I would try something not often imaged.  It’s obvious from this image why people prefer NGC 253.
Catalogue and alternative designations NGC 254
Type Galaxy
Position   00 47.8, -31 25
Constellation Sculptor
Camera and Telescope STXL11002 and 36.8 cm Ritchey Chretien 
Focal Ratio F9Exposure
Details LRGB 285:70:60:60 Luminance 1x1, Colours 2x2DescriptionThis is a SB0 type magnitude 12 galaxy roughly 2.6' x1.7' in size.  It is almost exactly due north of the much better known NGC 253.