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Contains:  NGC 5371, NGC 5354, NGC 5353, NGC 5350
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Big Lick Galaxy Group, 


Big Lick Galaxy Group

Big Lick Galaxy Group

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:William Optics FLT 123 Triplet APO

Imaging camera:Atik 460EX Mono


Filter:Baader LRGB 1.25"

Resolution: 4200x3150

Dates:April 19, 2018

Frames: 26x600"

Integration: 4.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.68 days

Avg. Moon phase: 14.56% job: 2950716

RA center: 208.622 degrees

DEC center: 40.391 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.637 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 190.370 degrees

Field radius: 0.464 degrees

Data source: Public amateur data


Together with Hickson Galaxy Group 68, NGC 5371 makes up the Big Lick Galaxy Group in Canes Venatici. This seems an unusual name for this galaxy group, as I have struggled to visualise any toungue shape!

Some digging reveals the name for this stellar group was named after Big Lick (now known as Roanoke Valley in Virginia) … a big salt lick marsh where prehistoric megafauna gathered. These giant beasts attracted hungry prehistoric spear hunters when they found the valley. Soon thereafter, all that was left to kill was small game, and fish in the Roanoke River.

These galaxies are too northerly to be imaged from my location, so I have used the amateur public data kindly shared on AstroBin by Michael Lorenz.



License: Attribution Creative Commons

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Big Lick Galaxy Group,