NGC 2964 + NGC 2968

Full resolution (1600x1200 px  420kB)

150% resolution (600kB)

Object identification (330kB)

Inverted image showing a tidal tail (570kB)

DSLR widefield image

Object data of NGC2964 / 2968

Object type: galaxy (SBbc) / galaxy (Sa)
Size: 3.0' x 1.7'  /  2.1' x 1.6'
Magnitude: 12.0 mag  /  12.8 mag
Constellation: Leo
Distance: 71 Mio Ly  /  81 Mio Ly
Notes: NGC 2964 may form a physical pair with NGC 2964.

A physical association between NGC 2968 and NGC 2970 is assured by the circumstance that a supernova occurred (SN 1970L, discovered by Wild) on the luminous bridge connecting NGC 2968 and NGC 2970. This bridge is clearly visible in the above image. The inverted image shows the dimension of the tidal tails much better.

Exposure data

Date: 2011-04-02+08+09+19+21+22+30 + 2011-05-05+06+07+08+25+29
Location: Nussbach / Austria (400m)
Telescope: 12" Newtonian telescope (f=1120mm)
Camera: ST2000XM with CFW8 and Baader Filters
Binning: L 1x1 / RGB 1x1
Mount: WAM 650move
Exposure time: L 52x12m / R 20x12m / G 20x12m / B 20x12m
Exposure time total: 22h 24m