NGC 6340

Posted by dcrowson
on Sunday, August 23, 2020
NGC 6340 (UGC 10762, PGC 59742 and others) near the bottom center is an unbarred spiral galaxy located approximately 68 million light-years away in Draco.

IC 1251 (UGC 10757, PGC 59735 and others) is a spiral above NGC 6340. Originally (2007) thought to be at about the same distance as NGC 6340, a 2014 paper ( determines it to be at about 167 million light-years away.

IC 1254 (UGC 10769, PGC 59783 and others) is the somewhat odd galaxy to the left (east) of IC 1251.

Luminance – 35x600s – 350 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

470 minutes total exposure – 7 hours 50 minutes

Imaged over six nights in August, 2019 and January, March and April, 2020 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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