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Spiral Galaxy NGC 6744: This beautiful barred Spiral Galaxy in the  Southern constellation of Pavo is as similar a galaxy to our Milky Way as it can probably get. NGC 6744 is in a distance of about 30 Mio LY. The irregular galaxy in the lower right of the image is a satellite galaxy to NGC 6744, very similar to the Large Magellanic cloud to Milky Way.

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.

Object Spiral Galaxy NGC 6744
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 6744
Constellation Pavo
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/9 in corrected secondary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 8 x 10min L, 3 x 10m each Baader LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code L,R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 5 Apr 2011
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