Astrophotography by Kent Biggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Centaurus A
NGC 5128

 

 

Centaurus A is a peculiar galaxy likely the result of a collision of 2 different types of galaxies.  From the northern hemisphere, this is a very difficult object due to its low altitude.  From the Biggs Observatory it reaches a maximum elevation above the horizon of only 17 degrees.  The glow around this object is not an artifact of processing, but billions of unresolved stars.  The stats are RA: 13h 25m 29.0s, Dec: -43 01' 00", Mag: 7.8 (B), Size: 25.8'x20.0', Class: S0 pec.  

 

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Celestron C11 F/6.0 (1680mm Focal Length)
SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics
LRGB = 160:50:40:60 minutes

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April 6-7, 2005
Columbus, Texas
Kent E. Biggs