NGC 247

NGC 247

NGC 247 is a dwarf spiral galaxy about 11 MLY distance in Cetus and is a member of the Sculptor Group.

The most striking feature of NGC 247 is the void, area of lack of stars at the lower section of this galaxy. Hence its nickname of the “Needle’s Eye Galaxy”. The 5 small, different shaped galaxies in a row, to the lower right of NGC 247 is known as Burbidge’s Chain.

F.O.V.    40 x 40 min of arc.

Telescope.   Orion Optics UK AG12.

Camera.   S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.   15 x 600 sec + 29 x 600 sec.   Oct, Nov 2019.

Location.   (Wiruna)  Ilford N.S.W.