NGC 6744
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Designation NGC 6744,  Bennett 120
Object type   Type SBc barred spiral galaxy
Coordinates   19 h 10 min     - 63° 51'  
Constellation   Pavo (Pav)
Description   This beautiful galaxy is about 25 million light years away in the direction of Pavo, a constellation of the southern hemisphere winter.  It sits in a rich starfield, and is strongly inclined to our line of sight.  NGC 6744 is believed to be one of the most Milky Way-like of all the nearby spirals, with fluffy spiral arms and a large and distinctly elongated nucleus. NGC 6744 also has other similarities to the Milky Way, like at least one distorted companion galaxy - NGC 6744A to the lower left - which is superficially similar to one of the Magellanic Clouds.

The field of view is 25 x 37 arc minutes with north towards the bottom (180°).


Exposure   NRGB 450:180:180:180 min @ -20°C  -  all unbinned, no filter on luminance
Camera   SBIG STL-11000 with  Astronomik Type II RGB filter set, selfguided
Optics   RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9
Mount   Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software   MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Registar, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time   San Esteban (Chile) - Lum 20+30Jul  08:00 UTC and RGB  20+23Aug2006   03:00 UTC
Conditions   Transparency 8/10,  Seeing 6/10, Temperature +1 resp 14°C