Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Draco (Dra)  ·  Contains:  NGC 5987
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NGC 5987 - Spiral Galaxy in Draco

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NGC 5987 - Spiral Galaxy in Draco

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Orion Optics UK DX 250
Imaging Cameras
Starlight Xpress H9C
Mounts
Vixen GPDX w/ SS2K
Software
PixInsight · PHD · Astroart 3 · NEAT
Guiding Cameras
KWIQ Guider

Acquisition details

Dates:
July 25, 2009
Frames:
30x120" (1h)
Integration:
1h
Avg. Moon age:
3.88 days
Avg. Moon phase:
16.11%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 221414

RA center: 15h40m04s.6

DEC center: +58°0213

Orientation: 22.695 degrees

Field radius: 0.268 degrees

Resolution: 1375x1025

Locations: Home, Weymouth, Dorset, UK, United Kingdom

Data source: Backyard

Description

Here's an edge-on galaxy in Draco, ngc 5987, which exhibits some very prominent

dust lanes. At mag. 12.7 it was just visible through my 10" Newt, but no detail

was resolved. Not surprising because it's surface brightness is quite low at

14.4 mag per squ. arcmin. If it was face-on I don't think it would be a very

easy ccd target at all. It's quite small, 4' x 1.5', is classified Sb and is a

distant 138 Mly. The dust lanes are by far it's most interesting features.

Captured during a rare few hours of cloud free sky at the end of July, this is

the result of 30 x 2 minute exposures, sigma combined.

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