NGC891 - Edge-On Galaxy
Camera: Finger Lakes Instrumentation MicroLine ML8300 with FLI CFW-2-7 Filter Wheel
Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Scope: Astro-Physics Starfire AP130 EDF
Exposure Time: 120:60:60:60 minutes
Post-Production: MaxIm DL5, CCDStack2, PixInsight, and Photoshop CS5
NGC 891 is a spiral galaxy that spans about 100 thousand light-years and is seen almost exactly edge-on from our perspective. In fact, about 30 million light-years distant in the constellation Andromeda, NGC 891 looks a lot like our Milky Way. At first glance, it has a flat, thin, galactic disk and a central bulge cut along the middle by regions of dark obscuring dust. Visible in NGC 891's edge-on presentation are filaments of dust that extend hundreds of light-years above and below the center line. The dust has likely been blown out of the disk by supernova explosions or intense star formation activity. Please take a moment to click above and see the full version. Faint neighboring galaxies can be found scattered throughout this wide field image. This is another image taken during the September 2012 Imaging Extravaganza from the home of Jerry and Cindy Foote, near Kanab, Utah.