NGC 3312  in  Abell 1060 (Hydra Cluster)

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Object identification (1.8MB)

Object data of NGC3312

Object type: galaxy (Sb)
Size: 3.3' x 1.2'
Magnitude: 12.7 mag
Constellation: Hya
Distance: 140 Mio Ly
Notes: The spiral galaxy NGC 3312 is one of the largest galaxies in the Hydra Cluster (Abell 1060) which contains more than 100 bright galaxies. The above image shows the core of this galaxy cluster. Besides NGC 3312 this cluster is dominated by two large elliptical galaxies (NGC 3309 and NGC 3311).

Another interesting object in Abell 1060 is NGC 3314, which builds a remarkable superposition of two spirals. Unlike interacting galaxies, the two components of NGC 3314 are physically unrelated. This unique alignment gives astronomers the opportunity to measure the properties of interstellar dust in the face-on foreground galaxy (NGC 3314a), which appear dark against the background galaxy (NGC 3314b).

Exposure data

Date: 2014-02-27 + 2014-02-28 + 2014-03-03
Location: Hacienda Los Andes / Chile (1100m)
Telescope: TEC RC 20" f/9 with corrector (f=4492mm)
Camera: FLI PL16803 with Astrodon filters
Binning: L 1x1 / RGB 1x1
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1600GTO
Exposure time: L 28x6m / R 7x6m / G 7x6m / B 7x6m
Exposure time total: 4h54m
Notes: Image acquisition by CEDIC team (Bernhard Hubl, Christoph Kaltseis, Wolfgang Leitner and Herbert Walter)

Image processing by Bernhard Hubl