Antilhue - Chile

NGC 613 in Sculptor
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Image Data

Designation NGC 613,  Bennett 8
Object type Class SB Spiral galaxy
Coordinates 01 h 34 min      - 29° 25'    Sculptor  (Scl)
Description This beautiful barred spiral galaxy lies 65 million light-years away in the southern constellation Sculptor, home to the more famous galaxies NGC 253, NGC 247 and NGC 55 .  Over 100 thousand light-years across, NGC 613 seems to have more than its fair share of spiral arms laced with cosmic dust clouds and bright star forming regions near the ends of a dominant central bar.  Radio emission indicates the presence of a massive black hole at the center of NGC 613.

North is towards the upper left  (330°) in this 15 x 10 arcmin field of view.  

Exposure CRGB 100:40:40:40 min @ -18°C,  RGB exposures binned 2x2
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8 with Astrodon CRGB 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) - 20 (RGB) resp. 21 (Lum) Oct2006 @ 03:00 UTC 
Conditions Transparency 6/10,  Seeing 7/10, Temperature  + 14° C