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NGC 55 GALAXY

Sculptor

 (ra: 00:14,9/ dec -36:11)

 

Mercedes, Buenos Aires Province - November 2008

original view

 


 

DATA

TYPE: Barred Irregular Galaxy.

VISUAL MAGNITUDE: 8

SIZE: 32.4 arc minutes.

DISTANCE: 5 Milions light years.

 

OBJECT DESCRIPTION

NGC 55 is one of the closest and brightest members of the Sculptor Group. It lies in a inhabited area with no gravitation influence.   It appears bright and cigar-shaped on the sky due to its close distance and near edge-on orientation with respect to the Earth, morphologically similar to the LMC. NGC 55 is not well known to northern hemisphere observers due to its southern location. The Galaxy is noticeably brighter in its western regions. There is some debate as to the classification of M55. Generally it is considered to be an irregular Galaxy, however some catalogues classify it as a spiral.

 

IMAGE INFORMATION

SCOPE: Celestron Orion ED 80 riding in a Meade LXD 75 Mount

SKY CONDITIONS: transparency good, seeing regular

CAMERA: Starlight Xpress SXVF H9

FILTERS: Astronomik Type II

EXPOSSURES: LRGB (42,18,18,18)

IMAGE ACQUISITION: Astro Art. CCD Control Plug in Interface

DATE: November 2008

PROCESSED: Images Plus, CCD Sharp, Photoshop CS2

 


 

NGC 55 GALAXY

Sculptor

 (ra: 00:14,9/ dec -36:11)