Antilhue - Chile

NGC 253 hires
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Designation NGC 253,  Sculptor Galaxy,  Silver Coin Galaxy,  Bennett 4
Object type Type Sc spiral galaxy
Coordinates 00h48min   -25°17'   (Scl)
Description The Sculptor Galaxy, also sometimes called the Silver Coin Galaxy, is a beautiful example of an edgewise spiral and the brightest galaxy in the Sculptor group, together with NGC 55, NGC 300 and NGC 7793, as well as NGC247 in Cetus.  All are late-type spirals and they form the nearest collection of galaxies outside of our own.  NGC 253 is about 8 million lightyears away.

Click on the image for a higher resolution.  Here is an image taken with a 6" refractor.

Exposure LRGB 105:40:40:40 min @ -25°C ;  L exposures 15 min, RGB exposures 10 min binned 2x2
Camera SBIG STL-11000 with Astronomik Type II filterset  -  selfguided
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 13Aug2004 @ 08:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 7,  Seeing 5-6, Temperature + 8°C