NGC 1300

NGC 1300

Constellation: Eridanus
Ra: 3h 20m 41s
Dec: -19d 24m 41s
Distance: 61 million light years
Image Size: 40' x 40'
North: Up

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Description

NGC 1300 is a barred, sprial galaxy in the Constellation of Eridanus and a member of the Eridanus Cluster of galaxies about 61 million light years distant. It is 100,000 light years across and is thus slightly larger than our Milky Way galaxy. The Hubble Space Telescope took an amazing image of NGC 1300 in 2004 showing structures never before seen, including a nucleus that displays a "grand design" spiral, which appears to need this large barred structure. Research shows that the galactic nucleus is not active, suggesting either no black hole or a quiescent black hole. A cropped version is presented above. The enitre field is presented below. The elliptical galaxy near the top of the image below is NGC 1297.

Exposure: 6.5 hrs Total; 2 hrs Clear, 1.5 hrs each R,G,B
Telescope: 14.5
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Oag: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: CCD AutoPilot4
Calibration: CCDStack2
Observatory Site: Riverland Dingo Observatory, Moorook, S. Australia
Camera: Apogee U16M
Filters: Astrodon Gen 2 CRGB
Guider: SBIG ST-402
Camera Operation: MaximDL5.08
Processing: Photoshop CS5 Extended
Image Date: 08/26/2009 - 09/13/2009

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