Antilhue - Chile

NGC 6744
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Image Data

Designation NGC 6744,  Bennett 120
Object type Type SBc barred spiral galaxy
Coordinates 19 h 10 min     - 63° 51'   Pavo (Pav) 
Description This beautiful galaxy is about 25 million light years away in the direction of Pavo, a constellation of the southern hemisphere winter.  It sits in a rich starfield, and is strongly inclined to our line of sight.  NGC 6744 is believed to one of the most Milky Way-like of all the nearby spirals, with fluffy spiral arms and a large and distinctly elongated nucleus. NGC 6744 also has other similarities to the Milky Way, like at least one distorted companion galaxy (NGC 6744A to the lower left) superficially similar to one of the Magellanic Clouds.

Click here or on the image for a higher resolution image.  The field of view is 25 x 37 arc minutes with north towards the bottom (180°).

Exposure NRGB 450:180:180:180 min @ -20°C  -  all unbinned, no filter on luminance
Camera SBIG STL-11000 with  Astronomik Type II RGB filter set, selfguided
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Registar, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - Lum 20+30Jul  08:00 UTC and RGB  20+23Aug2006   03:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 8/10,  Seeing 6/10, Temperature +1 resp 14°C