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NGC 253
Object Information:

NGC 253 - The Sculptor Galaxy

Constellation - Sculptor
Distance - 11 million light years,
Size - 40,000 light years across

This bright galaxy is the brightest member of the Sculptor group of galaxies which is thought to be the closest galaxy group to our own Local Group.

NGC 253 was first described by Caroline Herschel on September 23, 1783.

Image date:

August 27, 2005

Exposure Information:

A combination six 8 minute exposures for the luminance frame and three 8 minute exposures each for the RGB channels.

Imaged at:

Mt. Laguna, Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County, California;

Equipment:

Optics - Takahashi MT-200 8 inch classical Newtonian reflector at f/4.8
Mount - Astro-Physics AP 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG ST-2000XM