Antilhue - Chile

NGC 1387 - NGC 1399 - NGC 1404
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Image Data

Designation NGC 1404 (Bennett 20), NGC 1399 (Bennett 19) resp NGC 1387 (Bennett 18) left to right
Object type Elliptical galaxies
Coordinates 03 h 39 min   - 35° 27'
Constellation Fornax (For)
Description It is not hard to see why Jack Bennett included the three brightest objects in this image in his list of comet-like objects.  Surprisingly, these mag 9-10 elliptical galaxies reveal interesting structure and signs of activity, especially in and around NGC 1399, brightest galaxy in the field.  The objects to the right are elliptical galaxy NGC 1382 and edge-on spiral NGC 1381.

Click on the image for a higher resolution rendering.  The field of view is 37 x 25 arcminutes with north towards the 2 o'clock position.

There is a peculiar object near the center of this image

Exposure NRGB 90:30:30:30 min @ -25°C, no filter on luminance, RGB binned 2x2
Camera SBIG STL-11000 selfguided  with Astronomik Type II RGB filter set.
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien  at f/9
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11,  Pixinsight V.1, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 02Nov 2005 @ 06:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 7/10,  Seeing 7-8/10, Temperature + 10°C