Antilhue - Chile

NGC 5189
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Image Data

Designation NGC 5189,  IC 4271, Bennett 62,  Cederblad 123,  Spiral Nebula
Object type Planetary Nebula (?)
Coordinates 13 h 34 min    - 65° 59'   Musca  (Mus)
Description NGC 5189, in the far southern Milky Way constellation of Musca (The Fly), is also called the  "Spiral Nebula"  because visually its S-shape reminds of a barred spiral galaxy.  It shows a peculiar, very complex structure with filaments that remind of the Crab Nebula ( M 1 ).  Dreyer calls it "a very strange nebula".  The size is 2.4 x 1.5 arcmins and distance from earth is an estimated 3000 light years.

The field of view is  15 x 10 arcminutes.  North is down.

Exposure LRGB 60:20:20:20 min @ -15°C ;  all exposures unbinned
Camera SBIG ST-10XE with Astrodon CRGB filterset  -  selfguided
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD,  Sigma Pre Beta,  Registar,  CCDSharp,  Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 02May2005 @ 04:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 6/10,  Seeing 5/10, Temperature  + 15°C