This nearly edge-on spiral galaxy is located within the constellation of Pegasus. Its distance is not accurately known but is estimated to lie between 40 million and 50 million light years distant. A careful look at this image will reveal a multitude of tiny and very distant background galaxies. Only five of the background galaxies shown in this image are brighter than magnitude 20.
August 7, 2005
A sum of fifteen 360 second exposures.
Mt. Laguna, Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County, California;
Optics - RC Optical Systems 10" Ritchey-Chretien
Mount - Astro-Physics AP 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG ST-10XME