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The Details
NGC 55 in Sculptor
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass f/8
Astro-Physics 1600 Mount with absolute encoders
FLI 16803 Proline CCD
Tru-Balance LRGB Filters - Gen 2
Various nights in June/July 2015
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
L 34 x 900 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 18 x 600 sec, 1x1 bin
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Field of View: 52' x 52' centered on RA 00h15m00s
DEC -39°12’14” (2000.0) . North angle 359.6 °; east 90° CCW from north
NGC 55 is a member of the Sculptor Group of Galaxies and lies a mere 7 million light-years distant, making it one of the closest members of the Local Group.  Prominent members of the Sculptor Group include NGC 253, NGC 247 and NGC 300.  Spanning nearly 70,000 light-years across, this irregular galaxy is viewed nearly edge-on and displays a wealth of detail in dust lanes, pinkish star forming HII expanses, and young, blue star cluster regions.

Total exposure time was 17 hours 30 minutes. This image is the result of a collaborative effort between Howard Hedlund of Astro-Physics, Inc. and Dave Jurasevich.




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