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Contains:  NGC 5701
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NGC 5701, 


            Gary Imm
NGC 5701

NGC 5701

Technical card

Resolution: 2080x1600

Dates:April 25, 2019April 26, 2019

Astrodon Blue 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 60x60" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Green 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 60x60" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Lum 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 120x60" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Red 31mm Gen2 I-Series: 60x60" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 5.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 21.30 days

Avg. Moon phase: 58.93% job: 2682452

RA center: 219.795 degrees

DEC center: 5.364 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.782 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 266.665 degrees

Field radius: 0.285 degrees

Locations: Backyard (Mag 20.8 - New Moon), Onalaska, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard


This object is a nearly face-on spiral barred ringed galaxy located 70 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo. The galaxy is smaller than the ours, with a diameter of 60,000 light years. The apparent size of this galaxy to us is less than 5 arc-minutes.

I like so many things about this underappreciated galaxy, the primary one being the wonderfully complex graceful structure. The bar within the core is extremely luminous. The galaxy has a great color contrast between the bluish arms and the yellowish core. Numerous small galaxies are visible through the galaxy arms, the brightest being just below and left of the core. This small galaxy is almost 10x further away than NGC 5701, at a distance of 600 million light years.

Hundreds of orange, stellar-like distant galaxies are visible throughout the image background, especially on the right side. These galaxies are joined by several quasars, 10 billion light years away, as shown in the attached annotated image.

For being such a magnificent object, I am surprised that there are only two prior images of it on Astrobin.



Gary Imm
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    NGC 5701, 


            Gary Imm
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NGC 5701, 


            Gary Imm