Trio of Galaxies in Draco


Draco Galaxies

Object Data

Object type: Galaxy
Size: 4 arc min (NGC 5985)
Magnitude: 11th
Constellation: Draco
Distance: 120 - 180 million light years
Notes: These three galaxies are designated from top: NGC5985, NGC5982, and NGC5981.  They are located 180 mly, 120 mly, and 170 mly from earth, respectively.  The field contains several other small distant galaxies.

Exposure Data

Date: 5/7 - 5/8/21
Location: Little Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA
Telescope: DSI RC10c 1867 mm fl at f/7.3
Camera: FLI  ML6303E with Astrodon LRGB filters
Mount: Astro-Physics 1100 GTOCP3
Exposure time: Lums: 14 x 15 min; RGB 5 x 5 min each
Exposure time total: 4.75 hrs
The color data were captured under very poor seeing conditions on 5/7 while the luminance data were collected the following night under better conditions.  Both nights were windy.  60% of the color data were unusable.

FOV = 48.4 x 32 arcmin


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