Astrophotography by Kent Biggs








  NGC 300
Spiral Galaxy in Sculptor



NGC 300 is a very interesting galaxy because it is so normal.  It is among the least conspicuous members of a sparse cluster of galaxies called the Sculptor Group that are scattered across the south galactic pole.  This galaxy cluster is relatively nearby, at about 8 million light years away (or 50,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles).  Red patches in the galaxy are often areas where stars are being formed.  Blue patches are young hot stars after they have formed.   The stats for this galaxy are RA: 00h 54m 53.8s, Dec: -37 40' 57", Mag: 8.7 (B), Size: 22.1'x16.6', and Class: SA(s)d. 



Celestron C11 F/6 (1680mm Focal Length)
SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics
LRGB = 150:60:40:70 minutes


October 1&8, 2005
Columbus, Texas
Kent E. Biggs