NGC 6744 in Pavo

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© Velimir Popov & Emil Ivanov 2014
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NGC 6744 is a spiral galaxy about 30 million light-years away in the constellation Pavo. It is one of the most Milky Way-like spiral galaxies in our immediate vicinity, with flocculent (fluffy) arms and an elongated core. With a diameter of about 150000 l.y. it is considerably bigger than our Milky Way. It also has at least one distorted companion galaxy (NGC 6744A, which is visible on this image at 2 o'clock from the galaxy core) superficially similar to one of the Magellanic Clouds. In 2005 there was discovered a supernova. The small elliptical Galaxy at the left bottom is IC 4823.

This is an image taken with 16" Dream Corrected Astrograph (DCA). An image taken with 12" ASA astrograph can be seen here

Object details

Right Ascension 19:09:46 (h:m:s)
Declination -63:51:27 (deg:m:s)
Size 20.0 x 12.9 (arcmin)
Distance 30 (Mly.)

Image details



Center of field RA 19:09:49 (h:m:s)
Center of field DE -63: 50:49 (deg:m:s)
Size 1.39 x 1.09 (deg)
Pixel scale: 2.5 (arcsec/pixel)
Orientation: Up is 179 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: From 28 of August 2014
Location: Namibia-TIVOLI ASTROFARM, S 23° 27' 40,9" / E 18° 01' 02,2"
Exp. Details: L: 6x10min, R: 3x10min, G: 3x10min, B: 3x10min, Bin 1
  Total Exposure Time - 150 min (2:30 hours)
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2014. All Rights Reserved
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