Thursday, June 30, 2016

imaged NGC 6338 and friends (Halifax)

The BGO robot imaged NGC 6338 for me. It's a small galaxy in Draco. From the Astronomical League galaxy group list.

NGC 6338 and neighbouring galaxies

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, GIMP. North is up; left is east.

MCG 10-24-117 is just north of the large canted spiral.

To the south-east is IC 1252, another canted galaxy. Looks like it has a little companion!

There's a bright edge-on galaxy directly below 6338. SkyTools 3 Pro does not show a galaxy at this exact location; rather it notes LEDA 2563604 very slightly to the east. [ed: Correction. ST3P does in fact show NGC 6345 due south of 6338.]

Below this is NGC 6346, a small oval smudge.

MCG 10-24-112 is south-west of 6346. A small bright oval.

LEDA 95565 is to the west. A tiny oval.

LEDA 2562784 is further to the west. A very small round smudge.

Above or north of the NGC 6338 is the tiny fuzzy LEDA 2566799.

Further north is LEDA 2567181. Also tiny.

North-west is LEDA 2568088, a very faint oval.

LEDA 2566627 is near GSC 03895-1370, just east of the star.

There are still more... And when I zoom in, I can see many small galaxies beyond what ST3P is showing. Wow.


Imaged again on 1 Sep '17, without a satellite.


Not sure what happened but a few galaxies visible in the image didn't get processed... They are all to the south-south-east, near the bottom edge of the frame.

LEDA 2562439. East-south-east of NGC 6346. Very bright centre. Doesn't look like a spiral per se. Perhaps a canted lenticular.

LEDA 2561681. Beyond 2562439. Small, a bit amorphous, and dim.

LEDA 2561472. West of 2561681. Very small, round, quite dim.

LEDA 2560840. Beyond 2561681. Small, round, with a somewhat bright centre. Possibly surrounded by a ring or two?

LEDA 2560827. West of 2560840. Round. Very compact. Bright.

LEDA 2560421. South of 2560840. Very small, almond shaped, bright.

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