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Contains:  IC 1254, NGC 6340, IC 1251
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NGC 6340 and Friends in Draco, 


            Gary Imm
NGC 6340 and Friends in Draco

NGC 6340 and Friends in Draco

Technical card

Resolution: 1902x1199

Dates:April 9, 2019April 10, 2019April 11, 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: 5.01 days

Avg. Moon phase: 26.20% job: 2696583

RA center: 258.016 degrees

DEC center: 72.419 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.782 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 193.223 degrees

Field radius: 0.244 degrees

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

Data source: Backyard


This image captures the spiral galaxy NGC 6340, located 50 million light years away in the constellation of Draco, along with the interesting surrounding star field. NGC 6340 is average in size at 70.000 light years and spans 3 arc-minutes in our apparent view.

Initially I thought that NGC 6340 was an elliptical galaxy, but in this image you can clearly see dust lanes and a faint disk structure. This galaxy is classified as an elliptical galaxy in its inner region, and a spiral galaxy in its outer region. Just below this galaxy is an interesting contrasting pair of blue and orange stars.

Below NGC 6340 is the distorted spiral galaxy IC 1251. To the right is a small group of galaxies headlined by IC 1254. All three of these main galaxies (NGC 6340, IC 1251 and IC 1254) are in close proximity to each other (150,000 light years apart) and likely are gravitationally interacting.

Many other galaxies are visible throughout the image, including UGC 10791 on the right edge. This part of the sky has only been captured a few times before on Astrobin.



Gary Imm
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NGC 6340 and Friends in Draco, 


            Gary Imm