Galaxy NGC 4945: About 9 million light years away this beautiful edge-on galaxy is another  highlight of the dense Milky Way in Centaurus. The huge molecule and dust bands indicate that there are many star generating processes going on. Probably our Milky Way would look quite similar to this, if we could see it edge-on from a few million light years distance.

For an image with a 20" telescope click  here.

Object Galaxy NGC 4945
Category Galaxies
Designation NGC 4945
Constellation Centaurus
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch f/10 x 0.65 Lumicon Giant Easy Guider
Mount LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera Hutech modified Canon EOS 30D
Exposure 38 x ISO 1600-5min, LPS filter
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro and TMB 80 as Guide Scope, Guiding Software PHD
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 19, 26 Feb 2007
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