Deep Sky Object in Spring
HCG40 (Compact Galaxy Group in Hydra)

Date & Time: Dec 27 2003, from 25:55 to 26:22 JST(+0900)
Composed 3 shots with 8 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024×2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto

HCG40 / Compact Galaxy Group
R.A.09h 38m 55s (2000.0)
Dec.-04° 51' 06" (2000.0)
Apparent Sizeabout 3.0'
Radial VelocityN/A
Distance300 million light yrs.
Group of Galaxies-
Other IDs-
This image shows you a very minor celestial object positioning at the boundary between Hydra and Sextans. The heavens contain many small scaled galactic group with their members crowded dense. Those kinds of objects are called "Compact Galaxy Group". This image has captured one of such objects registered in "Hickson Compact Group", called HCG40. The distance has been estimated about 300 millions light years. You can detect small five member galaxies cuddling close together. And this group has selected in one of first-light objects of Subaru telescope in Hawaii, opened to the public in 1999.

Magnified images of HCG40
Member Galaxies in HCG40
Number of HCGID NumberSizeMagnitude


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