Antilhue - Chile

NGC 4697 in Virgo
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Image Data

Designation NGC 4697,  Bennett 53,  Caldwell 52
Object type Elliptical galaxy
Coordinates 12 h 49 min     - 05° 48'  Virgo (Vir)
Description William Herschel discovered this fine galaxy in 1784.  Dreyer calls it very bright  (mag 9.9),  large  (6'x3.8'),  elongated (P.A. 45°), and containing a pronounced core..

North is to the right in the 15 x 10 arcmin field of view.  

Exposure LRGB 60:20:20:20 min @ -15°C, all exposures unbinned
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8 with Astrodon LRGB filterset
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 10Apr05 @ 04:00 UTC 
Conditions Transparency 7,  Seeing 5, Temperature  +10°C