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Contains:  NGC 5905, NGC 5908
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NGC 5905 NGC 5908 Draco Galaxies, 


            Jerry Macon
NGC 5905 NGC 5908 Draco Galaxies
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NGC 5905 NGC 5908 Draco Galaxies

Technical card

Dates:June 23, 2019

Astrodon Gen 2 L 36mm: 119x100" (gain: 99.00) -12C bin 1x1
Astrodon Gen 2 RGB 36mm: 110x100" (gain: 99.00) -16C bin 1x1

Integration: 6.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 20.45 days

Avg. Moon phase: 67.72%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: 15.00

Basic astrometry details job: 3057290

RA center: 15h 15' 28"

DEC center: +55° 29' 38"

Pixel scale: 0.701 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 177.380 degrees

Field radius: 0.311 degrees

Resolution: 2476x2024

Locations: Dark Star Observatory, Taos, New Mexico, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


Images from the following two scopes (piggybacked) contributed to this image:
AG12+ASI1600MM at .70 asec/pix (RGB)
TV127is+ASI183MM at .75 asec/pix. (L)
They were all registered to the best R image taken on the AG12.
Using L from the TV NP127is refractor effectively eliminates the spikes from the AG12.

These two beautiful galaxies, NGC 5905 (left) and NGC 5908 lie about 140 million light-years distant in the northern constellation Draco. Separated by about 500,000 light-years, the pair are actually both spiral galaxies and nicely illustrate the striking contrasts in appearance possible when viewing spirals from different perspectives. Seen face-on, NGC 5905 is clearly a spiral galaxy with bright star clusters tracing arms that wind outward from a prominent central bar. Oriented edge-on to our view, the spiral nature of NGC 5908 is revealed by a bright nucleus and dark band of obscuring dust characteristic of a spiral galaxy's disk. In fact, NGC 5908 is similar in appearance to the well studied edge-on spiral galaxy M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy.



Jerry Macon
License: Attribution Creative Commons


  • NGC 5905 NGC 5908 Draco Galaxies, 


            Jerry Macon
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    NGC 5905 NGC 5908 Draco Galaxies, 


            Jerry Macon

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NGC 5905 NGC 5908 Draco Galaxies, 


            Jerry Macon