NGC 5746 (Virgo)

Object image
Fig.1 - Saucer with diamonds: The edge-on galaxy NGC 5746 in Virgo, photographed with a 16-inch f/4.5 Dob on an equatorial platform.
Object name: Constellation: Coordinates: Apparent size: Visual brightness:
NGC 5746 Virgo 14h45m / +01°57' 7.4' x 1.3' 10.5 mag

The barred spiral galaxy NGC 5746 in the constellation Virgo. 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).

Forty-two 3-minute exposures (128 minutes total exposure) at ISO 800 taken on May 17 / 18, 2020 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software 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
Fig.2 - Search chart for NGC 5746. Map © 2021 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here.