Deep Sky Object in Spring
NGC5907 (Galaxy in Draco)

Date & Time: Jan 30 2004, from 27:29 to 27:57 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 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

NGC5907 / Galaxy, type SA(s)c: sp II
R.A.15h 15m 54.0s (2000.0)
Dec.+56° 19' 00" (2000.0)
Apparent Size14.0×1.4'
Radial VelocityN/A
Distance50 million light yrs.
Group of Galaxies-
Other IDsUGC9801, MCG9-25-40,
NG5907 is a fine "edge-on" galaxy lying around the center of Draco, near the boundary on Auriga. The galaxy is found by tracing about 3 degrees SSW from iota Draconis with the third magnitude.
The galaxy has a length of 14 arc minutes and a thickness of only 1.4-minute; you may be able to see only a simple line through scopes. Though its apparent size is very same as that of NGC4565 in Comae Berenicis, a magnitude of NGC5907 is estimated only 11.3, so NGC5907 shouldn't be listed in the easily visible objects with medium-sized telescopes. The galaxy has an undeveloped central nucleus (Bulge), and it's one of characteristics of the inconspicuous galaxy.


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