Antilhue - Chile

NGC 5078
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Image Data

Designation NGC 5078
Object type Lenticular galaxy
Coordinates 13h20m   - 27°26'
Constellation Hydra  (Hya)
Description The dust lane that runs across this fine galaxy is warped and broadened, most probably because of the tidal effects caused by the interaction with the fainter neighbouring galaxy IC 879, which itself is being distorted into an S-shape. A "bridge" linking the two galaxies can be detected here.  This cosmic pair lies about 80 million light years away towards the tail of Hydra and about 4° NW of M 83.
Exposure LRGB 180:60:60:60 min @ -18°C, RGB binned 2x2, all exposures 20 min
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8 with Astrodon Tru-Balance LRGB filter set.
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien f/9
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, DeBloomer, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Registar, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 19Apr04 @ 06:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 7,  Seeing 6-7, Temperature +11°C