NGC 1232
Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232
Description:   At over 60 million light years away  NGC 1232 is nearly a perfect example of a face on spiral galaxy.  It does have a hint of a bar struction in the center or even a ring as the spiral arms do not reach all the way to the galactic core.  An explosion of star formation is happening along the arms with billions of middle aged stars forming the whitish glow between and beyond the arms.  Also note the much smaller companion galaxy PGC 11834 to the upper left of this image.  At -20 degrees declination it only reaches 40 degrees above the horizon here in southeast Texas.  Stats for this galaxy are RA: 03h 09m 45.3s, Dec: -20° 34' 52", Mag: 10.5 (B), Size: 7.4'x6.4', and Class: SAB(rs)c.
Optics: RC Optical System 20" F/8.2 (4165.6 mm Focal Length) Date: October 2011
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics Location: Columbus, Texas
Exposure: LRGB = 500:80:80:100 minutes Imager: Kent E. Biggs