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Constellations: Sculptor -- The Sculptor's Workshop
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| 18k JPEG NGC613 (Bennett 8) is a barred spiral galaxy located 7.8° west of Alpha Sculptoris. Dreyer describes it as very bright (mag. 10), very large (6'x4'), very moderately extended (118°), with an abruptly brighter middle, and a 10th magnitude star to the northeast. The brighter core is much more pronounced in larger amateur instruments (13"), as is the curvature of the galaxy's arms. Photographed by the Ohio State University Bright
Galaxy Survey, part of the Astronomical Picture Gallery.
| 76k JPEG NGC300 (Bennett 6, Caldwell 70) is a spiral galaxy in south-eastern Sculptor located 7.2° north-east of Ankaa (Alpha Phoenicis). Dreyer describes it as fairly bright (mag. 9), very large (20'x15'), with an irregular, elongated shape that brightens slowly toward its nucleus. Larger scopes should see two sprawling, S shaped arms. The tiny mag. 14 galaxy, MCG-6-3-1, sits at the far right (west) of the photograph. From the second generation Digital Sky Survey.
| 13k JPEG NGC288 (Bennett 5) is a bright (mag.8) globular cluster described as large (13.8'), loose, with stars mags. 12-16. An easy object for a 6", it is located 1.8° south-east of NGC253, and 3.1° NNW of Alpha Sculptoris.
|62k JPEG.An image of the spiral galaxy NGC 253 (Best 86, Caldwell 65), taken with a ground-based telescope and with the Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is located about 8 million light-years away in the constellation Sculptor. Located 4.8° NNW of Alpha Sculptoris and 1.8° north-west of NGC288, this is one of Dreyer's very remarkable objects. He describes it as very, very bright, very, very large, moderately extended in position angle 54°, with a gradually brighter middle. The brighter the telescope, the more detail from the multiple dust lanes swims into view.|
| 13k JPEG.Photographer's notes: NGC253: 2 image mosaic made with a 16" F5 and ST-6. Gregory Terrance
The first image is from the Anglo Australian Telescope Observatory. The second is a full sized view from the second generation Digital Sky Survey.
| 65k JPEG. NGC7793 (Bennett 130) is a spiral galaxy located in the middle of the Sculptor lozenge, and described as "like a comet." It shines at mag. 9.6, and measures 9.4'x6.3'. Larger telescopes might detect structure, such as mottling and what appears to be concentric shells. Image is a 20 minute exposure on an ST-8 exposed through a 10" LX200 at 6.3 by Jerry Mulchin.