Galaxy NGC 5236
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39.2 x 25.9 arcmin
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Sometimes known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, M83 in Hydra is a good target at magnitude 7.1 with a diameter of 13.6 arc-minutes.
It’s a weak barred face-on spiral galaxy with a similar diameter to the Milky Way and is about 160 Milky Way diameters distant (16 million light years), with a bright circular nucleus.
It’s located at a southern declination of -30°, so it passes directly overhead at my location and would be low in the southern sky for many northern hemisphere observers.
Gotta love that little straight line of stars towards the lower edge of the galaxy!
After a frustrating evening chasing the cloud gaps, all I could manage during this entire four hour session was just twelve minutes of usable image. I was hoping for more but here it is anyway.
|Telescope:||Meade LX-90 200mm Schmidt-Cassegrain |
(deforked); 2000 mm f/l @ f/10.
|Optics:||Astronomik light pollution filter.|
|Mount & Guiding:||SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro mount.|
|Imaging camera:||ZWO ASI 071 MC cooled.|
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