Deep Sky Object in Winter
Fornax Cluster (AGCS373)

Date & Time: Nov 3 2016, from 24:20 to 25:57 JST(+0900)
Mosaic of 2 flames of 5min.×8shots
Optical: VIXEN 20cm(7.9") VISAC with a conversion lens (f=1278mm, F6.4)
with BaaderPlanetarium Moon&Skyglow filter
Auto-guided with TAKAHASHI JP Equatorial & SBIG STV
Digital Camera: Nikon D810A
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(7360×4912)
Device Size...FX format(36×24mm)
Sensitivity...ISO3200, White Balance...Daylight

AGCS 373 / Galaxy Cluster, type 0 0 I
R.A.03h 38m (rough position)
Dec.-35° 27' (rough position)
Apparent Sizeabout 180'
# of Galaxiesabout 50
Red ShiftN/A
Distance65 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesCirgo supercluster
The Fornax Cluster of AGCS373 is fairly close galactic cluster distributed between Fornax and Eridanus. About 50 member galaxies have been contained in span of about 3 degrees. We can appreciate clear elliptic galaxies of NGC1399, NGC1387, NGC1404 and so on in central region. And you can see a large barred galaxy of NGC1365 in lower right hand side. The Fornax Cluster is fairly photogenic because several bright galaxies can be seen in small area, it has been estimated about 65 millions light years away from us.
Numbers with 4 digits represent NGC #



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