NGC 5128, Centaurus A
Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:18 AM
Posted 21 June 2009 - 05:30 AM
Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:19 AM
Impressive close in sketch. This target is a bit too low from my location. Someday when I am further south I'd like to have a go at this one. Excellent post!
Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:47 AM
An impressive observation of one of the most interesting celestial objects visible in the heavens. Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is a very interesting lenticular (elliptical) galaxy in Centaurus that lies approximately 14 million light-years from the Earth. A supermassive back hole is believed to lie at the center of Centaurus A which produces an impressive relativistic jet detected at radio and x-ray wavelengths. I have seen this object from South Florida in large aperture instruments and it is very impressive in the eyepiece field. Thank you for sharing it with us all.
Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:58 PM
This must be one of the showpieces from your sky, I guess.
Too bad its too low from my site.
Posted 21 June 2009 - 05:59 PM
What is most surprising to me is that the dark dust lane appears to have very straight edges, at least it did to me at 150x in the 10".
Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:00 AM
Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:29 PM
Great sketch of a very interesting object with an unusual appearance. I searched for it this spring when I took my annual look at Omega Centauri. Even though it is higher than OC, ~9 degrees above my horizon, I was unable to detect it with the 108mm reflector. I think I'll have to use more aperture next time. Meanwhile, thanks for the view.
Posted 22 June 2009 - 04:20 PM