Month: April 2016

NGC 5068

NGC 5068 NGC 5068 is a face-on barred spiral galaxy in Virgo at 22 MLY distance. There are many H11 regions with several star clusters and some faint dust lanes across an unusual barred centre. Telescope.  16 Inch F 4.5 Newtonian. Camera.  S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD. Exposure and Date.  15 x 900 sec.  […]

NGC 2442

NGC 2442 (The Meathook Galaxy) NGC 2442 is a distorted galaxy in Volans at a distance of 50 MLY. The distorted shape is most likely the result of a close encounter with the smaller galaxy.(right middle).Around a yellowish core of older stars,2 broad arms sweep around containing young blue star clusters, dust lanes and reddish […]

NGC 3621

NGC 3621 A spiral galaxy in Hydra at a distance of 22 MLY. The winding spiral arms have many  luminous young star clusters and dust lanes. NGC 3621 has a flat disc that has no central bulge and is believed to have a system of 3 black holes at the central region. Very faint extensions to […]

NGC 3521

NGC 3521 NGC 3521 is a relatively bright flocculent spiral galaxy in Leo at a distance of 35 MLY. This galaxy seems to be embedded in a gigantic bubble like shells These shells are most likely the tidal debris, stars torn from satellite galaxies that have undergone mergers with NGC 3521 in the distance past. […]

NGC 2626

NGC 2626 NGC 2626 is a spectacular reflection nebula in Vela with the associated dark nebula DC 259-9-00. This small object is part of a much larger H11 region. Telescope.  16 Inch F 4.5 Newtonian. Camera.  S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD. Exposure and Date.  26 x 900 sec.  Apr. 2016 Location.  (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.

Gum 23

  Gum 23 This giant star forming region is at the edge of a giant molecular cloud in Vela. RCW 38 cluster is less than I million years old and contains hundreds of very hot O,B class stars. Telescope.   16 inch F 4.5 Newtonian. Camera.  S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD. Exposure and Date.  13 […]