NGC 6822, Barnard's Galaxy   HOME INDEX BACK NEXT

Irregular galaxy in Sagittarius

Barnard's Galaxy is an irregulary galaxy and a member of the local group of galaxies that includes our own Milky Way galaxy. It is about 1.6 million light years away, making it one of the closest galaxies to us.

NGC 6822 is diffuse and not very bright, but it is not that hard to see with a small telescope if you use a low-power eyepiece to get the widest possible field of view. It is located just a few degrees to the northwest of the "teaspoon" asterism in Sagittarius, which serves as a convenient guide to locating the galaxy. NGC 6822 appears as a faint oblong patch among the dense star regions of Sagittarius.

Magnitude 9.3
Apparent Size 15' x 13'
Distance (light yrs) 1.6 million
Right Ascension 19:45.0
Declination -14 47
Field of View 29' x 22'

Image details:  Exposure times of 21 minutes luminance, and 12 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6.

September 2016