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Contains:  NGC 5128
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NGC5128 Centaurus A

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses:Faried 10"f4

Imaging cameras:ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Guiding telescopes or lenses:Skywatcher 9x50 finder

Guiding cameras:Lacerta MGEN

Software:APT - Astro Photography Tool APT 3.13

Filters:Astronomik LRGB 31mm

Dates:June 3, 2019

Frames: 56x180"

Integration: 2.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 0.07 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.01%

Basic astrometry details job: 3047675

RA center: 13h 25' 21"

DEC center: -42° 59' 16"

Pixel scale: 1.173 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 267.661 degrees

Field radius: 0.603 degrees

Resolution: 2952x2233

Data source: Traveller


Centaurus A is the nearest galaxy with an active nucleus and the nearest Radio galaxy. It is huge with 20x25arcmin but in Radio frequencies it spans 8x4 degrees and is the biggest extragalactical thing up there. Jets are emitted which are partly visible even in this picture, east of the center almost at the outskirts you can find one obscure straight structure. The big halo shows weakly defined shell structures, some of which also can be seen here. There are weak extensions along the axis of symmetry reaching beyond the frame. What an enigmatic beast! I was observing it on every of my journeys to more southern latitudes, and now finally I was able to have it on chip with a pretty capable setup.

This is a LRGB with a 10" f/4 on CGE Pro and ASI1600MMP, taken from the mountain chalet at Rooisand farm in Namibia. Thanks to Faried of for inviting!



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NGC5128 Centaurus A,