Spiral Galaxy, NGC 300

Located in Sculptor, it is one of the nearest galaxies to our Local Group at around 6 Mly. Seen in a starry field and angled obliquely to us, it is about 94,000 ly across putting it somewhat smaller than the Milky Way. It shares many characteristics of the Triangulum Galaxy, M33, in having tightly wound spiral arms containing numerous reddish star-forming regions and clusters of young blue stars. Also, little dust is apparent. 

The many small fuzzy yellow-orange objects in the field are very distant galaxies and galaxy clusters.


Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, fl=1500mm, f11.2, fov ~1.5x0.9
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: E-finder
Filters/Exposures: L:R:G:B 170 (bin1x1):90:90:90 min (2x2) = 7hr20m Location: LMDSS Heathcote, Victoria
Date: October 2019 Processing: CCDStack2, RegiStar, Photoshop CS5