Sculptor Galaxy or NGC 253 in Southern Hemisphere
Date Taken: 9/23/14
Equipment: 20" Planewave w FLI PLO 9000 from Austrailia;
Exposures: RGB 35 min each binning 2x, Lum-130 min. Processing: MaximDL, Registar and Photoshop
The Sculptor Galaxy, also known as the Silver Coin or Silver Dollar Galaxy, NGC 253, is an intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation Sculptor. Unfortunately, it can not be seen directly from the Northern Hemisphere. It is one of the most beautiful galaxies to photograph.
Sculptor is a starburst galaxy, which means that it is currently undergoing a period of intense star formation, hence some of the distinguished areas with reddish and bluish clusters of colors.