Constellation tour in Autumn
Sculptor (The Sculptor's Studio)

Date & Time: Aug 10 1999, 26:09 JST(+0900), 15min. Exp.
Optical: MD Rokkor f=35mm F2.8, Aperture: F4.0, with Cokin Diffuser-1 filter
Auto-guided with Kenko SKY-MEMO Equatorial
Film: Kodak Miyabi 400
Location: Koumi town, Nagano pref.

ASCII/Astroarts StellaNavigator
A minor constellation of sculptor can be found just east of Fomalhaut, alpha PsA. The constellation has only stars finer than fifth magnitude. In 1763, Lacaille has established it with some constellations in the southern hemisphere. Though the constellation has the Latin name of "Sculptor", it has translated to "Sculptor's studio" in English.
The Sculptor is lying at the farthest region from the Milky Way. Say, the constellation is positioned around the Galactic South Pole. And it's the Coma Berenices occupying the opposite point in the celestial sphere, i.e., the Galactic North Pole. Both constellations contain plenty of outer galaxies because inner-Galactic gaseous matter doesn't obstruct faint light from them. Especially a middle-sized galaxy of NGC253 lying northern region in Sculptor can be enjoy through binoculars.

Guide for Deep Sky Objects

NGC24 ..... Small edge-on galaxy positioned near border to Cetus, 20 million ly away
NGC55 ..... A large edge-on near the border to Phoenix, 4.2 million ly away
NGC131, NGC134 .....Larger spiral galaxy and its companeon in central region, 59 million ly away
NGC253 ..... Large-sized spiral galaxy in northern region
NGC288 ..... Medium-scaled globular cluster at 2deg. SE of NGC253
NGC300 ..... Dimmed but large-scaled spiral galaxy in southern region, 7 millions ly away
NGC613 ..... Medium-sized spiral in eastern edge, 65 million ly away
NGC7793 ..... Large spiral galaxy in central region, 11 million ly away
Cart Wheel Galaxy ..... A famous colliding galactic pair lying in center of Sculptor.

Piscis Austrinus


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