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David Knisely

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Loc: southeastern Nebraska
Re: NGC1023 – Barred Spiral in Perseus new [Re: JohnMurphyRN]
      #5549708 - 12/02/12 01:12 AM



OK, here is a cropped version of the image of NGC 1023 and its companion NGC 1023a (along the lower left edge of the galaxy) by Minnesota astrophotographer Rick Johnson (north is at the top). Also visible is the 17th magnitude galaxy PGC 10169 just below the bright star off the left edge of NGC 1023:

David's picture is interesting in that several other little galaxies are included, one at 12:00 and one off to the left and level with that one. Interesting to go picking through the detail..Thanks!

Well, the image is actually a reduction of a small section of Rick Johnson's deep image of the area of NGC 1023. In the original full-scale image, there are many dozens of tiny faint galaxies visible, making them difficult to count. Ricks imaging with his 14 inch goes incredibly deep and often brings out details or objects that are not often mentioned except in some obscure catalogs or professional research papers. Clear skies to you.

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