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NGC 1365 in Fornax


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About this observation
Nik Szymanek
Time of observation
12/02/2020 - 22:24
NGC 1365
Observing location
El Sauce Observatory in Chile
Telescope: ASA RC-1000AZ 100cm f/6.8
Camera: FLI PL16803 4096 x 4096 0.27arcsec/pixel
Astrodon LRGB filters
600s Lum x 4 Rx2 Gx2 Bx2

It's a pity that you have to be a lot further south than the UK to be able to take great images of this superb example of a barred spiral galaxy. Your galleries editor spend hours when living in Houston trying to image it, but never even came close to the quality of this super image from Nik, who describes it as "Test exposures using the Telescope Live robotic CHI-3 telescope from the El Sauce Observatory in Chile under bright Moon conditions."

NGC 1365 is 56 million light years from us, with a mass of 390 billion solar.  It is known as "The Great Barred Spiral Galaxy" - for obvious reasons.

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