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Contains:  NGC 986
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NGC 986- Barred Spiral Galaxy in Fornax (The Furnace)

Technical card

Resolution: 2400x1600

Dates:Jan. 6, 2020

Frames: 83x900"

Integration: 20.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 10.39 days

Avg. Moon phase: 79.89% job: 3172725

RA center: 2h 33' 35"

DEC center: -39° 2' 42"

Pixel scale: 0.803 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 244.423 degrees

Field radius: 0.322

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


James Dunlop discovered this beautiful galaxy in 1828. It is a Barred Spiral Galaxy located in the constellation Fornax, The Furnace. NGC 986 presents itself almost face on, highlighting two large (slightly warped ) extended arms that start at either end of the bar. An interesting grouping of stars forming a line pointing outwards adds a bit of uniqueness to the galaxy. It almost looks as if the galaxy is shooting stuff out into the cosmos, or a funky antenna.

Star-forming areas filled with young blue stars are spread along the prominent arms. The resulting blues are always a nice treat in galaxy shots. NGC 986 presents a fairly small target with an apparent size of 4.17 X 3.02 arcmin and distant at 56 million light-years away. Given that, it’s still fairly bright at 11th-magnitude.

Fornax is one of my favourite areas with so many galaxies. The very rich Fornax Cluster of galaxies tends to be a favourite with many imagers. I wasn’t sure how to present this attractive galaxy, small within a sea of stars, or cropped to focus on the galaxy itself. In the end, I went with about a one-third crop of my field of view to retain a bit of perspective, showing the galaxy against a sea of stars.

10 Inch fl 9.1 RCOS
Astro Physics AP-900 Mount
SBIG STL 11000m
FLI Filter Wheel
Astrodon Lum, Red, Green, Blue Filters

Exposure Details:
Red 18 X 600 Bin 1X1
Green 18 X 600 Bin 1X1
Blue 18 X 600 Bin 1X1
Lum 47 X 900 Bin 1X1

Total Time: 20.75 Hours



Terry Robison
License: None (All rights reserved)

Sky plot

Sky plot


NGC 986- Barred Spiral Galaxy in Fornax (The Furnace), 


            Terry Robison