Antilhue - Chile

Abell 1060
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Designation Abell 1060,  Hydra I
Object type Galaxy cluster
Coordinates 10 h 37 min    - 27° 32'   (Hydra)
Description Although foreground stars of our own galaxy are prominent here with their mag 5 resp. mag 7 brilliance, closer inspection reveals that galaxies are the dominating objects.  This is a lovely nearby cluster, only about 165 million light years away.  Its central region includes six NGC galaxies brighter than 14th magnitude within a 20 arcminute field.  The cluster is dominated by a pair of giant ellipticals, NGC 3309 and NGC 3311.  NGC 3312 is the nice spiral galaxy just right of center.   A lot of the members of the Abell 1060 cluster are interacting, however two who seem to be interacting, actually constitute a chance alignment:  look for NGC 3314, a face-on spiral in front of a nearly edge-on spiral at lower right under the second brightest star.

The field of view is 37 x 25 arcminutes with north towards the left.

Exposure L 260 min @ -20°C ;  20 min exposures
Camera SBIG STL-11000  -  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) - 13-14Feb2005 @ 07:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 8,  Seeing 7, Temperature  + 16°C