For the third time in a row, I devoted my monthly imaging session this month to small galaxies. This time, the targets were M77, the face-on barred spiral near the top of the image, and NGC 1055, the nearly edge-on spiral near the bottom. These two galaxies are the dominant members of the small M77 galaxy group, which is about 50 million light years distant from us. Also included in the image is the tiny spiral NGC 1072, which is roughly equidistant from M77 and NGC 1055 toward the right side of the image. Based on the quick research I have done, it does not appear that NGC 1072 is part of the M77 group.
The image is the product of 120 X 80 sec. subs, shot at ISO 800. More gear and acquisition information on the Astrobin page.