Centaurus A (NGC 5128)

Posted by dcrowson
on Saturday, February 13, 2016

Centaurus A (NGC 5128, Caldwell 77, Arp 153 and others) is a large, bright galaxy of undetermined type (a merger between an elliptical and a spiral?) located between 10 and 16 million light-years away in Centaurus.

This is another object that is very low in the sky from the Northern Hemisphere. At -43 declination, it was only 13 degrees high when it crossed the meridian during my image run.

Luminance – 12x600s – 120 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

240 minutes total exposure – 4 hours

Imaged February 4th, 2016 from Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG ST-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT90EDT at f/6.7 603mm.

LRGB - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/24709247710/sizes/l

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