Antilhue - Chile

NGC 1316 and NGC 1317
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Image Data

Designation NGC 1316,  Bennett  14 (left)  -  NGC 1317
Object type Spiral galaxies
Coordinates 03 h 23 min    - 37° 11'
Constellation Fornax  (For)

These are the interacting galaxies that give rise to the radio source Fornax A.  NGC 1316, the brightest member of the Fornax cluster of galaxies is about 55 million lightyears distant and shows dusty regions near the nucleus, reminiscent of Centaurus A.  Upon stretching of the image, the large distorted outer envelope can be seen to engulf neighbouring NGC 1317.  There is an interesting combination of two perpendicular bars in this smaller galaxy.  Click on the image for higher resolution.

Field of view is 37 x 25 arcminutes with north towards the right.

Exposure NRGB 105:36:36:36 min @ -20°C, no filter on luminance, RGB binned 2x2
Camera SBIG STL-11000 selfguided  with Astronomik Type II RGB filter set.
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien  at f/9
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Registar,  PixInsight V.1, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 26Nov2005 @ 04:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 6,  Seeing 7, Temperature + 14°C