NGC 7479 – Peg

The elegant galaxy NGC 7479, in Pegasus, was discovered by W. Herschel on 1784 and it’s located at about 100 millions of light years.

NGC 7479

NGC 7479

Its shape is quite unique, resembling a saxophone lost in deep space. It is a popular target for visual observers, especially with large telescopes used under dark skies.

It was imaged on 28 July 2012 by G. Masi with the Planewave 17 unit, part of the Virtual Telescope Project. A total of 18 exposures, with 5 minutes of integration each, were averaged. Images were unguided, completely trusting the Paramount ME mount. The CCD camera is a SBIG STL-6303E. The image scale is of 0.78 “/pixel.

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