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NGC 7814 Peg 00h03m / +1609' 5.5' x 2.3' 10.8mag

The spiral galaxy NGC 7814 (Caldwell 43, "Little Sombrero") in the constellation Pegasus on September 30 / October 1, 2019. The galaxy is seen edge-on from Earth. NGC 7814 is about 40 million light years from Earth, has a diameter of 60'000 light-years and was discovered by William Herschel in 1784 (source: Wikipedia).

Fourty-eight 3 minute exposures at ISO 800 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software (resulting in a 2 hour and 24 minutes exposure) and the final image processing was done in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).
A closer look at the "neighboring" galaxies of NGC 7814: IC 5381 is a 14th magnitude spiral galaxy seen edge-on. In the telescope, IC 5381 is in the south of NGC 7814 and measures 1.2' x 0.4'. It is 539 million light-years from Earth. PGC 1498785 and PGC 259 are 16th and 15th magnitude galaxies lying 536 and 307 million light-years from Earth. The brightest star in the field is HD 225001. It is a 7th magnitude (7.2mag) eruptive variable star 830 light-years from Earth.


Search chart for NGC 7814. Map © 2019 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", www.siaris.net. Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here .