Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Sculptor (Scl)  ·  Contains:  NGC 253  ·  NGC253  ·  Sculptor Filament  ·  Sculptor galaxy  ·  Silver Coin
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NGC 253 - The Sculptor Filament

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NGC 253 - The Sculptor Filament, 



    
        

            Timothy Martin & Nic Patridge
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NGC 253 - The Sculptor Filament

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron Edge 1100 HD

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI2400MC Pro

Mounts: Celestron CGX-L

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron OAG

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI174MM

Software: Topaz Labs DenoiseAI  ·  Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy N.I.N.A. 1.10  ·  Aries Productions Astro Pixel Precessor v1.082  ·  Open PHD Guiding PHD2 2.6.9  ·  Pixinsight 1.8  ·  Topaz Labs Topaz Studio II  ·  Adobe Photoshop CC 2020

Filters: Baader UV/IR Cut

Accessory: Celestron Focus Motor  ·  Pegasus Astro Powerbox Advanced


Dates:Nov. 16, 2020

Frames: 100x60" (1h 40') (gain: 160.00) -8C

Integration: 1h 40'

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~50

Flat darks: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 1.47 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.43%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 1.00


Astrometry.net job: 4504764

RA center: 0h 47' 34"

DEC center: -25° 17' 29"

Pixel scale: 0.441 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.311 degrees

Field radius: 0.440 degrees


Resolution: 5960x4005

Data source: Traveller

Description

This is a galaxy called the Sculptor Filament, NGC 253. At about 12 million light years away, it's the most visible galaxy in the Sculptor constellation. It's what's called a "starburst galaxy," which means it's creating stars at a breakneck pace compared to most galaxies, including ours. That accounts for its rich pink and blue hues. At 90,000 light years in diameter, it's smaller than the Milky Way and less massive by a considerable amount.

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NGC 253 - The Sculptor Filament, 



    
        

            Timothy Martin & Nic Patridge