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NGC 253 & NGC 288


One of my favorite types of targets to shoot are fields with combinations of objects. Here NGC 253 (the Sculptor Galaxy) lies apparently not far from NGC 288, a globular cluster. But in reality, NGC 288 is actually close by (only 39,000 light years away) in the foreground and associated with our own galaxy.

Unfortunately unwanted objects also show up, such as the airplane which left the red beacon light trail...

Photo info

  • Date/Time: 15 September 2007
  • Location: Vanishing Point Observatory
  • Camera: Pentax/Hutech 67 Vacuum Astrocamera
  • Media: Medium format Kodak E200, +3 push
  • Exposure: 1x60 min.
  • Scope: AP155EDF / 4" flattener (f/7)
  • Filter: None
  • Mount: Losmandy Titan 50
  • Guiding: SBIG STV / Mini Borg 45ED
  • Image Processing: Photoshop