Sunday, February 05, 2017

imaged NGC 3079 (Halifax)

The BGO robot imaged NGC 3079 for me. An edge-on galaxy in Ursa Major. One of the RASC Finest NGCs. It looks somewhat disturbed.

RASC Finest galaxy NGC 3079 luminance

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

To the north, near the star GSC 03817-1087, I can see the small, round, but bright fuzzy of LEDA 2515671.

To the north-east of that is the very small, dim patch of LEDA 2516041.

North-west of the big galaxy. in the triad of stars with GSC 03817-0962, is the faint small oval of LEDA 2515812.

Just south of that is another oval, fainter: LEDA 2515510.

Due west of centre is MCG 9-17-9, a large bright oval shape.

West-south-west of the spiral is a bright elliptical: NGC 3073.

Finally, near the galaxy, just to the north-east, is the faint star-like point of quasar NGC 3073 UB4. According to SkyTools 3 Pro the redshift (z) is 1.15 and the light time is 7.2 Gyr.

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