NGC 247 from BMV Observatories
NGC 247 is an Intermediate or Dwarf spiral galaxy about 11 million light years away in the constellation Cetus. It is a member of the Sculptor Group of galaxies, one of several that are gravitationally bound to the Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253). This is one of the nearest groups of galaxies to the Milky Way. This is a large (21.4x6.9 arc minutes), bright (mag 9.9), and detailed galaxy but it lies low in the sky for my latitude, reaching a maximum elevation of only 30 degrees. This makes it difficult to get a quality image because the low elevation means that my telescope will be peering through a huge amount of light-scattering atmosphere, dimming and blurring the image. That said, the size and detail in this object demands that we give it a try.

Date: Sept-Oct-Nov 2013
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion 12.5 inch f/9 2532mm focal length
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee Alta U8300 Camera
Guiding: SBIG ST-402 on an On Axis Guider from Innovations Foresight
Exposure: LRGB: L- 16x10 R-14x8 min, G- 17x4 min, B- 19x11 min, for a total of 9.1 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
NGC 247
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