Hicksons Compact Group 44 - NGC 3190, NGC 3193, NGC 3187, NGC 3185
The distant quartet of galaxies NGC 3193 [upper left], NGC 3190 [near center], NGC 3187 [upper center] and NGC 3185 [lower right] comprise the compact group of galaxies known as Hickson's Compact Group 44. NGC 3193 is an elliptical galaxy while the remaining three members are various forms of spiral galaxies. The distance to these galaxies is approximately 100 million light years.
The background of this image is full of very distant galaxies.
February 24, 2006
A sum of seventeen, six minute exposures
Mt. Laguna, San Diego County, California
Optics - RC Optical Systems 10" Ritchey-ChrÃ©tien optical tube at f/9,
Mount - Astro-Physics AP 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG ST-10XME