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NGC 7479: Barred Spiral Galaxy in Pegasus

RA = 23 hrs 5 min; Dec = 12 deg 19 min.

Date & Site:

Imaged on 10/20/2014; Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Conditions: calm; 63 degrees; good seeing


Telescope: TEC 140mm Refractor (980mm fl) at f/7
Mount: AstroPhysics 1100
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10; Hutech OAG5 autoguider


Exposures: 60 minutes of luminance, 20 minutes each of RGB for total of 2 hrs.

NGC 7479 is believd to have undergone a recent merger based on the direction of the spiral arms. Radio emissions reveal that the arms open in a direction opposite to what is seen through optical instruments. This galaxy is also undergoing starburst activity in the nucleus and outer arms (Source: Wikipedia).

Note the meteor trace in this image. The image was captured during the night of the Orionid meteor shower.

FOV =52 x 35 arc minutes

105 million light years away

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