Needle’s Eye Galaxy NGC 247

This is a rather bad image. I never got a good guide star on it and had to adjust it all the time and therefore had to forcibly cut 50% of the image.

In any case, here is this galaxy NGC 247. About 70,000 light-years across, NGC 247 is a spiral galaxy smaller than our Milky Way. Measured to be only 11 million light-years distant it is nearby though. Tilted nearly edge-on as seen from our perspective, it dominates this telescopic field of view toward the southern constellation Cetus. The pronounced void on one side of the galaxy’s disk recalls for some its popular name, the Needle’s Eye galaxy.

I took this image over 570 minutes (9.5 hours – Luminance 21 images of 20 minutes each and 5 images of each color for 10 minutes).

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