NGC 5953 (right most and NGC 5954 (to left of NGC 5953) are a set of interacting
galaxies in the constellation Serpens. They are also known as Arp 91. A yellow 9th
magnitude star lies in the center of the FOV with NGC 5951 at the right side of the frame.
NGC 5953 appears to be quite distorted by the gravitational interaction. It has the
nebulous appearance almost like an elliptical galaxy but it has been streteched out to a
triangular shape. NGC 5954 did not escape the effects of gravity and it has one of its
blue spiral arms visibly pulled outwards toward its partner. This is one of the objects
described in the Galaxy Log video for July of 2014 - see
http://www.youtube.com/user/GalaxyLog4565 for a visual observing report.
Date: May 5 2014
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion f/8 12.5 inch, FL 2540 mm
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee U8300
Guiding: ST-402 on Innovations Foresight On-Axis Guider, SharpLock focusing method
Exposure: LRGB: L:5x10min R:5x8 min, G:5x6 min, B:5x10 min for a total of 2.8 hrs.
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.