The Fornax II Galaxy Cluster

About 3 SW of the main part of the Fornax cluster, dominated by the giant elliptical NGC 1387 and the giant barred spiral NGC 1365, lies the second section centred on NGC 1316. It contains seven significant galaxies, all predominantly spiral in structure. The largest, NGC 1316, is a lenticular galaxy that looks like an elliptical galaxy, but with dust lines around the core; it also has an extensive outer envelope of stars (close-up) indicative of a close encounter in the past. NGC 1316 is also known as Fornax A, in recognition of its strong radio emission. Upper right is the unusual spiral ring galaxy, NGC 1326 (close up). Distance 60Mly.

The field also contains scores of distant galaxies many hundreds of millions of light years away. 


Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon I filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=1000mm, f7.7 (fov ~2.1 x 1.4)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: external, E-finder
Exposures: L:R:G:B = 110:70:70:70min5h20m Location: Little Desert Lodge, Nhill, Victoria
Dates: November 2015 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar and Photoshop CS5