Barred spiral NGC 918

Posted by dcrowson
on Sunday, May 1, 2016

NGC 918 (UGC 1888 and others) is a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 61 million light-years away in Aries. This image shows it heavily obscured by the Integrated Flux Nebulae (IFN) – clouds of dust in the plane of the Milky Way. The dotted line above the galaxy is asteroid 331 Etheridgea that was moving through my field of view on February 3rd.

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

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

Imaged over six nights in February, 2016 from Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG STF-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT12RCT at f/8 2432mm.


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