NGC 1313, Barred Spiral Galaxy in Reticulum

An irregular barred spiral galaxy, NGC 1313 spans approximately 50,000ly and is 15Mly distant. It has been termed a "starburst" galaxy because the many new and massive blue stars and emission nebulae it contains are indicative of continuing star formation (at least, when the light left 15 million years ago). The field also contains faint wispy nebulosity that appears to be associated with NGC 1313 and some "cosmic cirrus" from our own galaxy.

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=1000mm, f7.7 (fov ~0.5x0.3)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: external (E-finder)
Filters/Exposure: L:R:G:B = 180:95:85:95min7h35m Location: VicSouth Star Parties, Little Desert, Victoria
Dates: November 2013, October 2014 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5