Antilhue - Chile

NGC 1398 in Fornax
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Designation NGC 1398,  Bennett 19a
Constellation Fornax (For)
Description Surprisingly multi-faceted, mag 10.4 spiral galaxy NGC 1398 features a transversal bar with a very bright central core, all within a bright circular central spiral structure which is easily mistaken for the full extent of the galaxy. There is a very faint outer set of blue spiral arms however, that brings the total size up to 7.1 x 5.3 arcminutes.
Exposure LRGB 90:30:40:60 min @ -15°C
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW-8 with Astronomik RGB Filterset, no filter was used for the L-channel.
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time Vicuña (Chile) - 03Sep03 @ 07:00 UTC 
Conditions Transparency 7,  Seeing 4 (RGB) resp 6 (L), Temperature +11°