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Old March 18th 13, 08:41 AM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.astro
Rick Johnson[_2_]
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Default NGC 6340 and a lot more

NGC 6340 is a rather odd face on SA(s)0/a galaxy in Draco I'd wanted to
image but was hidden behind my Polaris trees. Redshift puts it about 53
million light-years away though a single Tully-Fisher measurement says
71 million. Note there are 3 other galaxies with redshifts between 52
and 57 million light-years and a pair in the 67 to 74 million light-year
range. What this says I don't know. None of these have any distance
measurement other than redshift.

What drew my attention to NGC 6340 was a note I found saying it had a
very faint straight dust lane right through its core. It is only
faintly seen in my image especially on the west (right) side. It can be
faintly followed to the eastern side but I'd never have notice that
without the note to guide me. A note indicates it is not seen in NIR
(near Infrared).

The arm structure is very faint. I've enhanced it in this image more
than I normally enhance galaxy contrast. Note the spiral is not
symmetrical. It is compressed on the south (bottom) side compared to
the north side. It has a LINER nucleus so while the overall reddish
color would indicate star formation has been low for many millions of
years the core is still actively feeding on something.

To its north is IC 1251, an Scd? galaxy with about the same redshift.
It looks a bit torn up. Has it interacted with another galaxy in the
group?

West of IC 1251 is IC 1254 also about the same redshift. It is classed
as Sb? pec. It definitely has plumes indicating interaction in the
recent past. Was that NGC 6340, IC 1251 or something else or something
it merged with? Lots of questions but no answers.

The fourth galaxy with about the same redshift is PGC 059705. While the
first three are mentioned at NED as being part of a group of three
galaxies, PGC 059705 is ignored. Why isn't it part of the group? I
have no idea.

How do the two galaxies just northeast of IC 1254 fit in? Still more
questions without answers I could find.

Except for three galaxy clusters no other individual galaxy had a
redshift measurement in NED but for one, RX J1712.5+7218 an X-ray galaxy
found by the ROSAT X-ray orbiting telescope. The line I drew in the
annotated image goes to the position NED had for it. ROSAT had poor
resolution so its positions are uncertain with a 50 second of arc error
circle. Could one of the two galaxies just south of the position be the
source? A note at NED says "Eastern object in close pair." That would
seem to fit the reddish object about 5 seconds of arc south of NED's
position.

Since there was plenty of room I identified the other galaxies in the
image with designations other than just their coordinates.

While the field is covered by the Sloan survey none had Sloan determined
redshifts so the annotated image is rather sparsely labeled.

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=4x10' RGB=2x10', STL-11000XM, Paramount ME

Rick

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Old March 27th 13, 09:01 PM posted to alt.binaries.pictures.astro
Stefan Lilge
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Default NGC 6340 and a lot more

Rick,

NGC 6340 itself is beautiful, but the blue galaxy above is even more
interesting...

Stefan

"Rick Johnson" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
...

NGC 6340 is a rather odd face on SA(s)0/a galaxy in Draco I'd wanted to
image but was hidden behind my Polaris trees. Redshift puts it about 53
million light-years away though a single Tully-Fisher measurement says
71 million. Note there are 3 other galaxies with redshifts between 52
and 57 million light-years and a pair in the 67 to 74 million light-year
range. What this says I don't know. None of these have any distance
measurement other than redshift.

What drew my attention to NGC 6340 was a note I found saying it had a
very faint straight dust lane right through its core. It is only
faintly seen in my image especially on the west (right) side. It can be
faintly followed to the eastern side but I'd never have notice that
without the note to guide me. A note indicates it is not seen in NIR
(near Infrared).

The arm structure is very faint. I've enhanced it in this image more
than I normally enhance galaxy contrast. Note the spiral is not
symmetrical. It is compressed on the south (bottom) side compared to
the north side. It has a LINER nucleus so while the overall reddish
color would indicate star formation has been low for many millions of
years the core is still actively feeding on something.

To its north is IC 1251, an Scd? galaxy with about the same redshift.
It looks a bit torn up. Has it interacted with another galaxy in the
group?

West of IC 1251 is IC 1254 also about the same redshift. It is classed
as Sb? pec. It definitely has plumes indicating interaction in the
recent past. Was that NGC 6340, IC 1251 or something else or something
it merged with? Lots of questions but no answers.

The fourth galaxy with about the same redshift is PGC 059705. While the
first three are mentioned at NED as being part of a group of three
galaxies, PGC 059705 is ignored. Why isn't it part of the group? I
have no idea.

How do the two galaxies just northeast of IC 1254 fit in? Still more
questions without answers I could find.

Except for three galaxy clusters no other individual galaxy had a
redshift measurement in NED but for one, RX J1712.5+7218 an X-ray galaxy
found by the ROSAT X-ray orbiting telescope. The line I drew in the
annotated image goes to the position NED had for it. ROSAT had poor
resolution so its positions are uncertain with a 50 second of arc error
circle. Could one of the two galaxies just south of the position be the
source? A note at NED says "Eastern object in close pair." That would
seem to fit the reddish object about 5 seconds of arc south of NED's
position.

Since there was plenty of room I identified the other galaxies in the
image with designations other than just their coordinates.

While the field is covered by the Sloan survey none had Sloan determined
redshifts so the annotated image is rather sparsely labeled.

14" LX200R @ f/10, L=4x10' RGB=2x10', STL-11000XM, Paramount ME

Rick

 




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