Antilhue - Chile

NGC 247
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Designation NGC 247,  Bennett 3
Constellation Cetus (Cet)
Description This large, nearly edge-on spiral galaxy belongs to the nearby Sculptor group (see NGC 55, NGC 300, NGC 253, NGC 7793).  All are late-type spirals and they form the nearest collection of galaxies outside of our own.  NGC 247 is fairly faint  and features an ill-defined center, a prominent  star on its southern edge and a "void" on the northern side.

There is also a higher resolution image taken with a 14.5" RC telescope.

Exposure LRGB 30:30:30:50 min @ -18C
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8 with SBIG/CS Filterset
Optics Intes Micro Maksutov-Newton MN106 @ f/5.5 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, CCD Sharp, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 04Nov02 @ 02:30 UTC
Conditions Transparency 6-7,  Seeing 6, Temperature +10C, light wind

First light for the MN106 ! Still some issues with centering of the focuser and getting good flats.