NGC 6872  -   The Pavo galaxy group

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Object data of NGC6872

Object type: galaxy (SBb/P)
Size: 6.3' x 2.2'
Magnitude: 12.5 mag
Constellation: Pav
Distance: 200 Mio Ly

Measuring over 700,000 light years across from top to bottom, NGC6872 is one of the largest barred spiral galaxies known. The galaxy's elongated shape might have something to do with its continuing collision with the smaller galaxy IC4970, visible just above NGC6872.

Exposure data

Date: 2010-05-15 + 18 + 22
Location: Australia - Northern Galactic Members Telescope (Remote)
Telescope: 16'' RCOS (f=3700mm)
Camera: Apogee U9000 with Astrodon filters
Binning: L 1x1 / RGB 1x1
Exposure time: L 18x10m / R 7x10m / G 7x10m / B 7x10m
Exposure time total: 6h 30m