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NGC 5566, 5560 & Friends

Galaxies NGC 5560, 5566, 5569
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Target #2 for last night’s “first light” with the new QHY 268C… this time a trio of galaxies in the southern constellation Virgo, including NGCs 5566, 5560 and 5569. They’re a neat triplet of interacting galaxies some 65 million light years away and are obviously causing some of the weird distortions we see in the spiral arms.

Capture Details

  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron EdgeHD 9.25 
  • Imaging cameras: QHY268C
  • Mounts: Celestron CGX 
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50mm Guidescope
  • Guiding cameras: Orion Starshoot Autoguider 
  • Focal reducers: Celestron .7x Focal Reducer
  • Software: NINA – Nighttime Imaging ‘N’ Astronomy
  • Accessory: Celestron Focus Motor 

  • Dates:April 8, 2021
  • Frames: 24×180″
  • Integration: 1h 12′
  • Avg. Moon age: 26.19 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 12.14%

Basic astrometry details

  • Astrometry.net job: 4393166
  • RA center: 14h 20′ 24″
  • DEC center: +3° 56′ 38″
  • Pixel scale: 1.233 arcsec/pixel
  • Orientation: 121.624 degrees
  • Field radius: 0.418 degrees

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