NGC 6384
Spiral Galaxy NGC 6384
NGC 6384 is somewhat unique in that it's line of sight lies in the constellation Ophiuchus not far from the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. As a result, we have to peer through many stars to see this galaxy hence the large and relatively dense number of stars in the image. Of course all of these stars are "foreground" stars in our own galaxy and have distances of hundreds to thousands of light-years compared to the distance to this galaxy at about 60 million light years. Light we observe today from NGC 6384 left this galaxy not long after the dinosaurs on planet earth died out. Compare this image for example with NGC 7771 group in which there are few foreground stars in the image. Statistics for NGC 6384 are RA: 17h 32m 24.6s, Dec: +07° 03' 38", Mag: 11.1 (B), Size: 7.0'x4.0', and Class: SAB(r)bc.
Optics: RC Optical System 20" F/8.2 (4165.6 mm Focal Length) Date: July 2010
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics Location: Columbus, Texax
Exposure: LRGB = 400:50:70:90 minutes Imager: Kent E. Biggs