|Designation: NGC 1433 in constellation of Horologium.|
|Visual magnitude: +10|
|Apparent size: 6.2 x 3.0 arc-minutes.|
|Diameter: 49,000 light years.|
|Distance: 27 million light years.|
|Exposure: 27 x 107 sec = 48 minutes.|
A distant spiral galaxy exhibiting both a bar and a ring structure, receding at 1075 kilometres per second.
This forty-eight minute exposure was not enough to reveal the very diffuse outer spiral structure. This would require a darker sky than my suburban location can offer – and a longer exposure too.
NGC 1433 is known to professional astronomers for its active galactic nuclei.
Best wishes to everyone who reads this, wherever you are imprisoned. We will get through this covid-19 hell-crisis eventually.
I am trying to find things to stop me from going insane but not getting much done at all. Spending too much time worrying about what kind of world we are heading towards.
I’m already missing the friendship of my friends at Macarthur Astronomical Society. All events are cancelled, meetings, field nights and public nights, although we still communicate a bit on Facebook but after ten years of it, I’m finding the whole Facebook experience far too trivial and mind-numbing.
It is important that we all find our own personal ways to cope with this bewildering situation. The Universe is my best therapy and I’m hoping for some cloud free autumn nights once we get a few days past full moon on 8th April.
I hope you are managing the situation and that you have your own ways to relax your nerves as we head into a somewhat uncertain future.
|SkyWatcher Esprit 120 mm apochromatic 3-element refractor.|
|840 mm focal length @ f/7 with field flattener.|
|Baader L-Booster UHC-S light pollution filter 2458276.|
|SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro mount.|
|Camera: ZWO ASI 071 MC Pro (CMOS 28.4mm 16 Mpx)|
|ZWO ASI120 guide camera, using PHD2 software.|