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: http://www.pbase.com/gailmarc/image/157949573/original