The NGC6703 Galaxies

Galaxy in Lyra

Uploaded 7/5/03

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There are numerous galaxies in this field. This is surprising being close to the plane of the Milky Way in Lyra, within the "Zone of Avoidance". The central object is NGC6703, a rather featureless spiral being transitional to an E0 type. Bright at magnitude 12.3, it is the dominant centerpiece in a most interesting field of dimmer objects. Two nearly edge on galaxies lie to the lower left. This beautiful pair consists of UGC11357 to the upper left member, a 16th magnitude SDm spiral. it is a diminutive 1.3 arcminutes long. There is a bit of knotty structure in this object and some faint stars. The other member of the pair is MCG +8-34-21, a small spiral about 17th magnitude with some internal detail as well. At the very top of the field is NGC6702, a 13th magnitude elliptical galaxy. A very interesting object lies to the left of 6703, it is MAC 1848+4536 a 16th magnitude object which has not been classified yet. Another pair of 17th magnitude spirals lies in the lower right corner.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
Platform:  Astrophysics 1200 QMD
CCD Camera:  SBIG ST8i NABG with Enhanced Cooling
Guider: SBIG ST4
Exposure:  LRGB = 60:20:20:40 (RGB Binned 2x2)
RGB Combine Ratio:  1: .8: 1.2
Filters:  RGB Tricolor
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing FWHM = 4.0 arcsec (Maxim DL - 10min subframe), Transparency 6/10
Outside Temperature:  25 C
CCD Temperature:  -20 C
Processing Tools:  Maxim DL, Photoshop, AIP4WIN, PW Pro, RW Debloomer.


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