Antilhue - Chile

NGC 253 - Sculptor Galaxy
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Image Data

Designation NGC 253,  Sculptor Galaxy,  Silver Coin Galaxy,  Bennett 4
Object type Type Sc spiral galaxy
Coordinates 00h48min   -2517'   (Scl)
Description The Sculptor Galaxy, also sometimes called the Silver Coin Galaxy, is a beautiful example of an edgewise spiral and the brightest galaxy in the Sculptor group, together with NGC 55, NGC 300 and NGC 7793, as well as NGC247 in Cetus.  All are late-type spirals and they form the nearest collection of galaxies outside of our own.  NGC 253 is about 8 million lightyears away.

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Exposure RGB 30:30:48 min @ -18C
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8 with SBIG/CS 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) - 30Sep02 @ 03:30 UTC
Conditions Transparency 6,  Seeing 5, Temperature +8C, light wind