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28-Sep-2014 Marcus Davies

The Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253) up close

Highly Commended in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition 2015 (Greenwich Observatory)
Honourable Mention - Deep Sky category, 2015 CWAS David Malin Awards

NGC 253, aka The Sculptor Galaxy, Silver Coin or Silver Dollar Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Sculptor about 12 million light years away. It is called a starburst galaxy because it is currently undergoing a period of intense star formation. It is also one of the brightest galaxies in the sky and is easily visible when viewed through a small telescope.

Tightly cropped (at full resolution) from the full frame for effect.

Full frame version here:

SBIG STL 11000M + AOL,Officina Stellare Pro RC360 @ F8.7
This is an 8.25 hour LRGB composite (195, 120, 90, 90 minutes).
FOV 28.7 x 19.5 arc minutes @ 0.59 arc second/pixel

Data: CCDAutopilot and TheSkyX
Processing: CCDStack, Registar, Photoshop CS6 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original auto
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