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Sculptor Galaxy: NGC 253 is the largest galaxy in the Sculptor Group of galaxies which is approx. 10 Mio LY away from our own Local Group. It is a Spiral Galaxy with a very high amount of dust, as can be seen in this image from the many dust lanes going all over the disk.It is one of the brightest galaxies in the sky, but hard to observe from Europe due to its southern latitude. This is also the reason why it was not mentioned in Charles Messier´s famous catalogue.

Please see  the Hi-Res version for closer inspection of the dust lanes.

The image was taken at the observatory of IAS at Hakos Farm in Namibia.

Object Sculptor Galaxy
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 0253
Constellation Sculptor
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 5min each Baader LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code LRGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 4 Dec 2010
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