Hickson 68 - A Wider View

Posted by dcrowson
on Saturday, May 15, 2021
NGC 5350 (UGC 8810 and others) is the nice spiral to the left (east) of the bright star HD 121197.

NGC 5354 (UGC 8814 and others) a LINER AGN galaxy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-ionization_nuclear_emission-line_region) below NGC 5350.

NGC 5353 (UGC 8813 and others) is the blazar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blazar) elliptical interacting with NGC 5340.

NGC 5355 (UGC 8819 and others) is the odd spiral directly left (east) of the bright star.

NGC 5358 (UGC 8826 and others) is the galaxy to the left of NGC 5354/3.

All of these galaxies make up the Hickson Compact Group 68 and are approximately 100 million light-years away in Canes Venatici.

NCG 5390 (NGC 5371 too, UGC 8846 and others) is the nice spiral in the top left quadrant. This one is located approximately 129.5 million light-years away.

This field contains a lot of other galaxies. See the annotated version.

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

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

Imaged on April 30th and May 13th, 2021 at the Danville Conservation Area (New Florence, Missouri) with a SBIG ST-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT90EDT at f/6.7 603mm.

LRGB - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/51181708953/sizes/l/
LRGB Annotated - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/51182578985/sizes/l/

See my much closer view here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/33302719856/.
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