NGC 55 - spiral galaxy, type SB(s)m in Sculptor

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NGC 55 is a Magellanic type barred spiral galaxy (type SB(s)m),located about 7 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. Along with its neighbor NGC 300, it is one the closest galaxies to the Local Group, probably lying between us and the Sculptor Group. NGC 55 and the spiral galaxy NGC 300 have traditionally been identified as members of the Sculptor Group, a nearby group of galaxies in the constellation of the same name. However, recent distance measurements indicate that the two galaxies actually lie in the foreground.It is likely that NGC 55 and NGC 300 form a gravitationally bound pair.
(Text adapted from Wikipedia)

Object details

Right Ascension 00:14:53 (h:m:s)
Declination -39:11:48 (deg:m:s)
Distance ~ 7.2 (Mly)
Apparent Dimension 32.4 x 5.6 (arc min)

Image details


Center of field RA 00:15:01 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -39:11:01 (deg:m:s)
Size 57 x 42.7 (arcmin)
Pixel scale: 1.03 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 177 degrees E of N
Charts and image details obtained from
Optic(s): ASA 12" f 3,6 Astrograph (ASA)
Mount: ASA DDM85
Camera: FLI MicroLine 8300 CCD camera
Filters: Luminance, Red, Green, Blue, Astrodon
Dates/Times: 7 May 2013
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details: L:10x10min, R:8x10min, G:8x10min, B:8x10min,, Bin 1
  Total Exposure Time - 340 min (5:40 hrs)
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction,
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013. All Rights Reserved
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