NGC 5850 in Virgo

NGC 5850 in Virgo

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Published in Astronomy Magazine, December, 2006, page 95.
CCDAutoPilot2.53 for data acquisition using MaximDL.  Processed in CCDStack and Photoshop CS.  Off-axis guided with Astrodon ROAG at an angle of 22 deg off vertical.
NGC 5850 according to NOAO is a disrupted barred spiral in Virgo that is thought to have formed due to a high speed encounter with the massive elliptical galaxy NGC 5846, also shown in the above image.  NGC 5850 is about  4.3′ x 3.3′ with a mag of 11.9, whereas the elliptical is mag 10.1.  The smaller elliptical in the lower right corner is NGC 5845, mag 13.5.  Notice the tiny edge-on galaxy in the right halo of NGC 5846.  North is up.

Image Date: 05/27/2006
Details: Exposure Time: 7 hrs Total; 3.5 NIR-blocked Lum; 3.5 RGB
Camera: SBIG  STL11000
Telescope: RC Optical  Carbon Truss 16 inch f/8.4 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount: Software Bisque  Paramount ME

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