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Contains:  NGC 1566

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    NGC 1566 - The Spanish Dancer, 


            Terry Robison
    NGC 1566 - The Spanish Dancer
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    NGC 1566 - The Spanish Dancer

    Technical card

    Dates:Feb. 1, 2018

    Frames: 87x900" bin 0x0

    Integration: 21.8 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 15.84 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 98.71%

    Basic astrometry details job: 1925185

    RA center: 4h 19' 54"

    DEC center: -54° 56' 16"

    Pixel scale: 0.803 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 248.741 degrees

    Field radius: 0.358 degrees

    Resolution: 2668x1778

    Data source: Own remote observatory

    Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


    This beautiful galaxy is known as the Spanish Dancer. NGC 1566 can be found in the constillation of Dorada (The Dolphinfish), at a distance of 40 million light years away. Its apparent magnitude is 10.3, and its apparent size of 8.3 x 6.6 arc min. It has a small but extremely bright nuclues. This is a feature is found in the Seyfert class galaxies. This class of galaxies are very active and extreamly luminous, emitting strong bursts of radiation. Supermassive black holes are believed to be near the centre of this galaxy. NGC 1566 is the second brightest Seyfert glaxy known.

    Instruments Used:
    10 Inch RCOS fl 9.1
    Astro Physics AP-900 Mount
    SBIG STL 11000m
    FLI Filter Wheel
    Astrodon Lum, Red, Green, Blue Filters
    Baader Planetarium H-alpha 7nm Narrowband-Filter

    Exposure Details:
    Lum 1X1 49 X 900 sec 12.25 Hours
    Red 2X2 15 X 450 sec 1.875 Hours
    Green 2X2 23 X 450 sec 2.875 Hours
    Blue 2X2 16 X 450 sec 2.000 Hours
    Ha 1X1 11 X 900 sec 2.750 Hours

    Australia, Central Victoria
    Imaged from Dec-Feb 2018

    Terry Robison



    Terry Robison
    License: None (All rights reserved)

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    NGC 1566 - The Spanish Dancer, 


            Terry Robison