Antilhue - Chile

NGC 300 in Sculptor
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Image Data

Designation NGC 300,  Bennett 6,  Caldwell 70
Object type Sc type spiral galaxy
Coordinates 00 h 55 min   - 37° 41'
Constellation Sculptor  (Scl)

This member of the Sculptor group of galaxies is similar in general form to M 33, showing the same low surface brightness, loose and very large structure.  It exhibits many active star-forming regions.  NGC 300 lies at an estimated distance of 6.5 million lightyears.  North is towards the one o'clock position in this 37 x 25 arcminute field of view.  Click on the image for a higher resolution view.

Here is an earlier image taken with a 6" refractor.

Exposure NRGB 100:90:90:90 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,  Registar,  Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 05 and 30Oct2005 @ 04:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 6/10,  Seeing 6-7/10, Temperature + 10°C