Edge on Galaxy in Sextans

Uploaded 4/10/02

This very bright 9.9 magnitude object is the brightest object of its class in the sky. Classed as a Lenticular type, the galaxy contains no visible dust, spiral arms or obvious stellar associations. It is large at 7.2 arcmins long and of course is inclined 0 degrees to our line of sight. The soft yellow color is from old highly evolved stars. The plane of the galaxy is seen as a sharp bright line cutting through is small brilliant star-like nucleus. Just to the lower left, is UGCA 200, a 14.8 magnitude irregular galaxy.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
Platform:  Astrophysics 1200 QMD
CCD Camera:  SBIG ST7E w/Enhanced Cooling
Exposure:  LRGB = 60:20:20:36 (RGB Binned 2x2)
Filters:  RGB Tricolor
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing FMHW = 2.3 arcsec, Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature:  10 C
CCD Temperature:  -25 C
Processing:  Maxim DL, Photoshop, AIP4WIN, PW Pro.




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