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NGC 1316 - Fornax A
28-NOV-2010 Press F11 for full screen mode

NGC 1316 - Fornax A

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AP152 F7.5 Starfire APO + FLI ProLine16803 CCD & CFW-5-7
LRGB = 210 30 30 30min, Astronomik 50mm square filters
-30C chip temp, darks and flats (AstroHandy LightRing used for flats)
Focal Length: 1300mm
Image scale = 1.4"/pix
Guide Camera: Starlightxpress SXVH9

Taken from Bob and Pats farm in average seeing

Some links to equipment used to take this image:

Finger Lakes Instrumentation (FLI) CCD cameras and equipment:

StarlightXpress CCD cameras and equipment

Astro-Elecronic FS2 scope GOTO controller:

Gerd Neumann and Astronomik filters:

MSB Software & Astroart 4

STAR Atlas:PRO planetarium software

AstroHandy Accessories

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Robert Lang 31-Jan-2011 22:11
This beautiful dust-lane Spheroidal galaxy is not exactly an elliptical and not exactly an S0. This puts it outside of the Hubble sequence. It is remarkable how often these objects that are the product of a galaxy merger do NOT end up looking like the canonical elliptical galaxy that we are used to seeing.
Another object with a dust lane , which is very similar (when seen at low contrast) to N5128, is NGC 5266.
At normal levels of contrast, N5266 resembles a somewhat elongated Elliptical with a well-defined dust-lane along its short axis. But it has a most peculiar very faint halo with S0-like (disky) characteristics.
In some ways, N5266 is even more interesting than N5128; in terms of how the stars orbit within it, it is about half-way an elliptical and half-way an S0 disk galaxy!
(can send you some .jpg's of N5266, if you are interested)

I have been "drinking up" Elliptical galaxy Imaging data, from the internet, for several hours per day, of late. I think it fair to say that I have "indigestion" from all the data I have collected: It is getting ever harder to keep up with what is going on in extragalactic astronomy; if you look at the number of preprints of astronomical papers at, the number submitted in just the last month or two is too much to absorb or follow.