Galaxy Cluster in Lynx

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This galaxy group in the constellation Lynx contains 12 galaxies listed in the New General Catalog (NGC), plus other smaller and dimmer ones. It is interesting, and probably just a coincidence, that several of the largest spiral galaxies are oriented edge-on, or nearly so.

The largest and brightest galaxy in this cluster, NGC 2832, is bright enough to be seen in typical amateur telescopes. Several of the others can be seen with large scopes.

NGC 2832:

Magnitude 11.8
Apparent Size 3' x 2'
Distance (light yrs) 330 million
Right Ascension 9:19.7
Declination +33 45
Field of View 29' x 22'

Image details:  Exposure times of 280 minutes luminance, and 45 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6.

February 2018