NGC 1316 - lenticular galaxy in Fornax

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NGC 1316 (also known as Fornax A) is a lenticular galaxy about 60 million light-years away in the constellation Fornax. It is the fourth-brightest radio source in the sky. NGC 1316 is located at the edge of the Fornax Cluster of galaxies. NGC 1316 appears to be interacting with NGC 1317, a small spiral galaxy to the north. However, that small spiral galaxy does not appear to be sufficiently large enough to cause the distortions seen in the structure of this galaxy. Two well-observed supernova were hosted by Fornax A: 1980N and 1981D. Both of them were type Ia supernovae.


Image details


Center of field RA 3:23:02 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -37:10:37 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.3 x 1.05 (deg)
Pixel scale: 1.03 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is -0.945 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): 16" f3,75 Dream Corrected Astrograph (DCA)
Mount: Astelco NTM-500 direct drive mount
Camera: Apogee Alta U-16M CCD camera
Filters: Lum, Red, Green, Blue Astrodon
Dates/Times: 30 Aug. 2014
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details:

L:7x10min,R:6x10min, G:6x10min, B:6x10min, Bin 1 Total Exposure Time 350 min.

More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2014. All Rights Reserved
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