Draco Triplet

July 05, 2017

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Photographer: John Chumack
Summary AuthorJohn Chumack

The Draco Galaxy Triplet lies approximately 100 million light-years away, in the direction of the Constellation of Draco. From top to bottom this peculiar grouping, covering a telescopic field of view about one-half the diameter of the full Moon, includes NGC 5985, a Seyfert type face-on spiral galaxy, NGC 5982, an elliptical galaxy and NGC 5981, an edge-on spiral galaxy. The wide-field view featured here also shows several other galaxies and Messier objects. It was captured at the Okie-Tex Star Party near Kenton, Oklahoma on September 27, 2016.

Photo Details: 5.5-inch Newtonian telescope; modified Canon Rebel Xsi camera; ISO 1600; 24 x 5-minute sub-exposures, stacked for a total exposure of 2 hours.