NGC 6744 - Spiral Galaxy in Pavo

Posted by SERGIO EGUIVAR
on Monday, November 12, 2012

NGC 6744 is located deep south, in the Constellation of Pavo at 25 million light year away. It sits in a rich star field and is inclined to our line of sight. It is believed to one of the most Milky Way-like of all the nearby spirals, with fluffy (flocculent) spiral arms and a large and distinctly elongated nucleus. It also has other similarities to the Milky Way: it has a satellite irregular galaxy NGC 6744 A which is visible in the image as a faint bar below left. Very interesting to see that most likely NGC 6744 A is pulling and stretching the left arm,. likewise the companion will ultimately merge with NGC 6744 in the future.

The image was taken with a 6 inches f5 Orion Optics UK Newtonian and a QSI 583 WS camera riding in a SW NEQ6 Mounts 150 km north from Buenos Aires City, Argentina. The total exposure time invested amounts to 3 hours through LRGB Baader filters.

 

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