Arp 105

Posted by dcrowson
on Saturday, July 6, 2019
Arp 105 (the Guitar or I’d call it the Geyser) consists of three galaxies in Arp’s ‘E and E-like Galaxies – Connected to Spirals’ class. The top galaxy with the plume is NGC 3561A (NGC 3561N, VV 237c and others). The middle galaxy is NGC 3561 (NGC 3561B, UGC 6224, VV 237a and many others). The bottom galaxy ‘area’ is known as Ambartsumian’s Knot (VV 237b and others). These all appear to be approximately 412 million light-years away in Usra Major.

While not on Arp’s list, NGC 3550 (UGC 6214 and others) appears to be the result of something that was probably really bad in the past. This is the large galaxy near the center top that appears to have three bright cores.

Most, if not all of the galaxies in this image are part of the Abell 1181 Galaxy Cluster.

Luminance – 24x600s – 240 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

Imaged March 31st and April 2nd and 3rd, 2019 from Dark Sky New Mexico at Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG STF-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT12RCT at f/8 2432mm.


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