Designation: NGC 1365 Constellation: Fornax
Visual magnitude: +9.6 Apparent size: 12′ x 6′
Diameter: 197,000 light years. Distance: 56 million light years
This wonderful barred spiral is a member of the Fornax cluster of galaxies. It is comparable in size to our Milky Way, although it has a more pronounced bar than our galaxy has.
It took me a while to get SharpCap stacking the frames and I ended up with only about a forty-six minute exposure before the target was clouded out.
My policy is to publish my images, warts and all. This one came out best in black and white format. Maybe next year I’ll spend a bit more time and effort in getting a better image of this galactic gem.
Image & Processing:
|Location: outer suburban.
Cloud: 0% deteriorating to 90% .
Conditions: Bushfire haze, windy.
Image acquisition: SharpCap.
Image post-processing: GIMP.
|Telescope:||SkyWatcher Esprit||Type:||120 triplet refractor|
|Focal:||840 mm F/7||Mount:||SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro|
|Camera:||ZWO ASI 071 MC Pro
||Type:||CMOS 28.4mm 16 Mpx
|Optical aids:||Flattener: Y; filter: LP||Guiding:||Yes|
|Polar aligning:||QHYCCD PoleMaster||Polar Error:||3’ 27”|
[ZWO ASI071MC Pro]
Auto Exp Target Brightness=100
Also in image: See my image with Astrometry.net annotated overlay.
Images © Roger Powell