||NGC 4945, Bennett 57
||13h05m - 49°28'
||For such a close galaxy, NGC 4945
is easy to miss. NGC 4945 is a spiral galaxy in the Centaurus
Group of galaxies, located only six times farther away than the prominent
Andromeda Galaxy. The thin disk galaxy is oriented nearly edge-on,
however, and shrouded in dark dust. The yellowish/red
appearance is caused by about 1 mag of interstellar absorption due to its
low galactic latitude. Together with NGC 5128
(Centaurus A) and M 83, it
forms part of a small group of galaxies 13 million lightyears away.
At lower left and partly obscured by a mag 8 star, NGC 4945A is an
unrelated mag 13 spiral galaxy. Click on the image for 1600 pixel
Here is a wide field view
taken with a 6" (155mm) refractor telescope.
||NRGB 105:40:40:40 min @ -25°C,
no filter on luminance, RGB binned 2x2
||SBIG STL-11000 selfguided
with Astronomik Type II RGB filter set.
||RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien
||MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11,
|Location - Date - Time
||San Esteban (Chile) - 05Jun2005 @
||Transparency 8, Seeing 8, Temperature