Antilhue - Chile

Messier 77 + NGC 1055
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Designation M 77 (NGC 1068,  Bennett 9)  with NGC 1055
Constellation Cetus (Cet)
Description A fine double of face-on and edge-on spiral galaxies. Bright mag 8.9 M77 on the left measures 6' x 7', much larger than the apparent visual 2' diameter that was first recorded by Méchain in 1780. It is a giant galaxy of the Seyfert type with more than a trillion solar masses. At 70 million lightyears it is also the most distant Messier object. Dusty, spindle shaped NGC 1055 on the lower right belongs to the same group as M77.  The field of view measures approx. 26' x 44'.
Exposure LRGB 90:36:30:48 min @ -14°C, all 1x1
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided,  CFW-8,  Astronomik Clear IR filter and SBIG (CS) RGB Filterset
Optics Astro-Physics AP155EDFS @ f/7.2 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD,  Registar, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 31Dec2002 - 01:30 UTC for L and 02Jan2003 - 01:15 UTC for RGB
Conditions Transparency 6-7,  Seeing 5-6, Temperature +13°C