Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Sculptor (Scl)  ·  Contains:  IC 1537  ·  NGC 55  ·  NGC55
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NGC 55, The White Whale, 


            Russ Carpenter
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NGC 55, The White Whale

Technical card

Dates:Sept. 21, 2020

Frames: 15x600"

Integration: 2.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 4.63 days

Avg. Moon phase: 22.36%

Astrometry.net job: 3895783

RA center: 0h 15' 7"

DEC center: -39° 11' 48"

Pixel scale: 0.956 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -90.522 degrees

Field radius: 0.469 degrees

Resolution: 2704x2275

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: ChileScope


This galaxy is almost perfectly edge-on, yet presents a myriad of internal details. It’s a member of our local group and may be gravitationally connected to NGC 300. NGC 55 has many pink star-forming regions and young blue-star clusters.

This is an RGB image, processed with a synthetic luminance.

Tech Notes for ASA 500/3.6:
ASA Newtonian, 500 mm aperture, 1900mm focal length, F3.6
FLI Proline 16803, 9 mm pixel, 4096 X 4096
ASA DDM85 equatorial mount
Processing with PixInsight, StarTools, and Affinity Photo


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NGC 55, The White Whale, 


            Russ Carpenter