Antilhue - Chile

NGC 4976
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Image Data

Designation NGC 4976,  Bennett 58
Object type Elliptical galaxy
Coordinates 13 h 09 min      - 49° 30'    Centaurus (Cen)
Description Located a little over 3 degrees from the large southern spiral NGC 4945, this inconspicuous little elliptical galaxy was nevertheless detected with a 5" telescope working at 20x magnification by comet hunter Jack Bennett.  The bright star on the right is SAO 223931 and shines at mag 7.8

North is down in this 15 x 10 arcmin field of view.  

Exposure CRGB 60:30:30:30 min @ -15°C,  RGB exposures binned 2x2
Camera SBIG ST-10XE selfguided + CFW8 with Astrodon CRGB filterset
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Registar,  PixInsight Beta V.1.132,  Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 30May05 @ 03:00 UTC 
Conditions Transparency 5/10,  Seeing 7-8/10, Temperature  + 15° C, high clouds