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.

For an image with a 20" telescope click here.

 



Object Sculptor Galaxy
Category Galaxies
Designation NGC 0253
Constellation Sculptor
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 6x5min (1x1 bin) each Astrodon True Balance LRGB filterset, Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code LRGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 19 Nov 2009
 
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