Friday, July 01, 2016

captured MCG 4-44-10 (Halifax)

The BGO robot imaged galaxy MCG 4-44-10 aka PGC 62231 for me. A small "thin" galaxy in Hercules from the Astronomical League. Ugh. All the stars have a weird artefact... Every star looks a double.

edge-on galaxy MCG 4-44-10 luminance

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

I swear there's something on the west edge of the galaxy. Is it interacting with, entwined in another?

There's a largish thin oval below or south of the main target. That's LEDA 1689654, according to SkyTools.

Between it and the main galaxy, there's a small oval. Currently unidentified.

Neat the top-right, there's another somewhat large oval. ST3P tags it as PGC 62236.


Determined that vertical streak is LEDA 2812073.


Unsure why I didn't note it at the time but double star HD 342764 aka POU 3475 is visible in this image. It is north-north-east of MCG 4-44-10 about 1/6th of the field away. The primary is bright. The companion is an easy split to the north-north-east.

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