NGC 6744, Spiral Galaxy in Pavo

A large and faint galaxy with lovely spiral arms, it is believed to have an appearance similar to our Milky Way. Seen almost face-on it is approximately 200,000ly across with a small, dense nucleus and dusty spiral arms; distance approximately 30 Mly. An irregular satellite galaxy to the left is possibly interacting as one of the arms appears to be directed towards it. There are numerous distant galaxies also in the field.

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=1000mm, f7.7 (fov ~1.8x1.2)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: External (E-finder)
Filters/Exposures: L:R:G:B = 235:135:135:135min10h40m Location: LMDSS, Heathcote, and Little Desert, Victoria, Australia
Dates: Oct 2010, June 2011, Oct 2012, Nov 2013 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5