NGC 7013 ~ SKY & TELESCOPE Magazine
This image was published in SKY & TELESCOPE Magazine, November 2011 issue! NGC 7013 is an intriguing spiral galaxy.  It is tilted slightly toward us so that we can see the galaxy "arms", however, the classification of this galaxy puts it into either a restricted spiral class or lenticular class.  The arms in the inner ring appear to completely disconnect from the center (hence ring), while the outer stars appear to have very little arm pattern (hence lenticular).  However in this recent image, more of the arms and connections to the interior "ring" are slightly evident.   The bright yellowish star may look like its in one of the arms, but it is in our own galaxy.  It is in fact about 25 times fainter than the faintest star you can see at night and while it looks large its size is over a million million times smaller than the more distance galaxy.  Below is an original image I took of this galaxy with the C-11.  The stats for this galaxy are RA: 21h 03m 33.5s, Dec: +29° 53' 50", Mag: 12.4 (B), Size: 4.4'x1.4', and Class: SA(r)0/a.
Optics: RC Optical System 20" F/8.2 (4165.6 mm Focal Length) Date: August 2011
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics Location: Columbus, Texas
Exposure: LRGB = 400:80:80:110 minutes Imager: Kent E. Biggs