NGC 5746 (Virgo)


Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
NGC 5746 Vir 14h45m / +0157' 7.4' x 1.3' 10.5mag

The barred spiral galaxy NGC 5746 in the constellation Virgo on May 17 / 18, 2020. NGC 5746 is seen nearly edge-on, is about 77-95 million light-years from Earth and was discovered by German born British astronomer Frederick William Herschel in 1786 (source: Wikipedia).

Fourty-two 3 minute exposures at ISO 800 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software (resulting in a 2 hour 8 minute 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).


Search chart for NGC 5746. Map © 2020 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", www.siaris.net. Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here .