||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.
Here is a wide field view
taken with a 6" (155mm) refractor telescope.
||LRGB 120:60:60:60 min @ -15°C,
RGB binned 2x2
||SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8
with Astrodon Tru-Balance LRGB filter set.
||RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien
with AP 0.67X reducer working at f/6.56
||MaxIm DL/CCD, DeBloomer, Sigma Pre Beta 11,
|Location - Date - Time
||San Esteban (Chile) - 19Mar04 @ 08:00
||Transparency 5, Seeing 6, Temperature