NGC253 on 2007-11-02 at UT  02:45:39

Done with my 17.5 inch scope and SBIG ST-9E CCD camera

NGC 253 is the brightest member of the Sculptor group of galaxies, which is grouped around the South galactic pole (therefore, also sometimes named "South Polar Group"). The Sculptor group is perhaps the nearest to our Local Group of galaxies. NGC 253 is also one of the brightest galaxies beyond the Local Group. The RASC Observer's Handbook gives it the common name "Silver Coin Galaxy". 

NGC 253 was one of the major discoveries of Caroline Herschel, the sister of William Herschel (according to John Herschel's GC). 

Right Ascension00 : 47.6 (hours : minutes)
Declination-25 : 17 (degrees : minutes)
Distance10,000,000 light years
Apparent Visual Magnitude 7.1
Apparent Dimension 25x7 (arc minutes)

 

 

OBJECT = NGC 253
TELESCOPE = 17.5 inch f3.23
CAMERA = ST-7E 
OBSERVER = Rusty Fletcher 
LOCATION = Seguin Outdoor Learning Center 
DATE (Yr-Mo-Dy) = 2004-08-17
TIME (UT) = 09:51:29
TOTAL EXPOSURE = 510 sec
IMAGES STACKED = 17

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