NGC 6769-71 Trio

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Obj Type
Date Taken:
D. Verschatse
NGC 6769
CTIO, Chile

Located towards the far Southern constellation of Pavo (the Peacock), this cosmic tango is happening 190 million lightyears away.  While NGC 6769 seems pretty intact, its neighbor (NGC 6970) shows heavily disturbed spiral arms.  All three galaxies display a similarly bright central bulge.  The squarish shape of NGC 6971 is a rare occurrence among galaxies.  As a result of the interactions many new stars have been born (blue regions) and a lot of star forming regions (pink) are readily apparent.

These galaxies are magnitude 12.4, 12.4, and 13.4 respectively.  The field of view is 10 x 10 arcminutes and North is towards the top of the field. 

Technical Details
Exposure Time:
LRGB (510 : 135 : 135 : 135 minutes with 15 minute subexposures all binned 1x1)
Apogee Alta U47
RCOS Carbon Truss 16 inch f/11.3 Ritchey-Chretien
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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