NGC 253 Sculptor Galaxy (Silver Dollar Galaxy)

NGC 253 is a galaxy in the constellation Sculptor near the Cetus border. This is a large spiral galaxy 10.4 million light years distant at -25° Dec. Its has an overall brightness of magnitude 7 and sets very low in the sky from observing sites in Oregon. It is fairly large at 22' x 6' and show up well in a 6" telescopes with larger apertures really revealing detail. NGC 253 is a member of the "Sculptor Group of galaxies or the " Southern Galactic Pole Group',. This small group cover approximately 20° with NGC 45, 55, 300,7793 and NGC247 in Cetus. This group is not well place for viewing from the United States.


I was very happy to finally capture this galaxy from Oregon, while looking through lots of atmosphere the image still came out well.
 
Telescope / Lens TEC 140mm f/7
Mount Type Astro-Physics 1200
Camera ST10XME
 Filters Astro-Don LRGB
 Film  CCD
 Exposure LRGB 170 minuets -20° C
 Processing CCDSoft, AIP4Win, CCDStack & Photoshop CS2
 Date 9-04-2008
 Location  Near Snow Peak Mountain, SE of Cottage Grove, Oregon 122° 52.59 , W 43° 31.41' N
 Conditions 3568' magnitude 6.0 Skies; Clear, Breezy (protected site)

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