Antilhue - Chile

NGC 4945 Wide Field
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Image Data

Designation NGC 4945,  Bennett 57
Constellation Centaurus (Cen)
Description A fine star field contrasts nicely with this bright (mag 9.0) edgewise, late-type spiral. The yellow 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.  The mag 11 NGC 4976 elliptical galaxy (right) and the mag 13.0 spiral NGC 4945A (top, patially hidden by mag 8.5 star) are not physically related.

See also the close-up image of NGC 4945.

Exposure LRGB 24:24:24:40 min @ -15C, all 1x1
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided,  CFW-8,   SBIG (CS) LRGB Filterset
Optics Astro-Physics AP155EDFS @ f/7.2 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 12May2002 - 01:30 UTC
Conditions Transparency 5,  Seeing 4, Temperature +15C