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At The Eyepiece Object of the Night - Edge-On Galaxy NGC 1055

14 Jan 2020, 14:00 UTC
At The Eyepiece Object of the Night - Edge-On Galaxy NGC 1055
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NGC 1055 is an edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Cetus. It's central bulge is well defined by the prominent dust-lane running almost through the middle. But, what really makes this particular view stunning are the field stars! Beautiful colors contrast the galaxy, with the bright, bluish light of magnitude 4.0 δ Cet/82 Cet (Al Kaff Al Jidhmah III) dominating the field-of-view. It's actually a pulsating variable as well. Just below NGC 1055, we are greeted with the warm yellowish glow of HD 16786 at magnitude 6.65, and next to that is the modest white magnitude 7.55 HD 16835. Interestingly, Messier 77 is just out of frame to the top of this image, and oh boy if I would have just nudged at bit down, what a wonderful pairing of galaxies AND stars this would have been! NGC_1055_2019 10frames_1200sTelescope - Explore Scientific 8" f3.9 Newtonian with a Baader MPCCCamera - ZWO ASI294mc ProCapture Software - SharpcapFilter - Baader Moonglow/SkyFilterExposures - 10 x 120 secondsTo enjoy this view yourself, follow the below screenshots from Stellarium to make your way to NGC 1055 and enjoy this wonderful edge-on spiral and its colorful field stars. You'll glimpse Messier 77 probably as well! But ...

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