M87 Field

Posted by dcrowson
on Monday, February 20, 2023
M87 (Arp 152, NGC 4486, UGC 7654 and another 113 designations in Simbad) is a large elliptical galaxy located approximately 53.9 million light-years away in Virgo.

This field includes many other galaxies including:

Abell 1552 – a cluster with at least 75 galaxies. This one is located just below center.

Arp 175 at the bottom left.

See the annotated version for more information.

Luminance – 18x600s – 180 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 10x300s – 50 minutes each – binned 2x2

330 minutes total exposure – 5 hours 30 minutes

Imaged on February 17th, 2023 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/52701864434/sizes/l/
LRGB annotated - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/52702025640/sizes/l/

This field is included on the Astronomical League’s Galaxy Groups and Clusters list - https://www.astroleague.org/node/413. If you’ve viewed or imaged it, you’re one step closer to this award.
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