NGC 253 (Caldwell 65) aka "The Silver Coin Galaxy" is located in the constellation Sculptor

NGC 253: Sculptor Galaxy

NGC 253 (Caldwell 65) aka "The Silver Coin Galaxy" is located in the constellation Sculptor
NGC 253 (Caldwell 65) aka “The Silver Coin Galaxy” is located in the constellation Sculptor

NGC 253: Sculptor Galaxy

This galaxy in Sculptor is commonly known as the Silver Coin galaxy and is designated NGC 253 (Caldwell 65). It is a beautiful, large, bright galaxy with a mottled appearance and known to be producing huge numbers of new stars. This spiral galaxy is about 12 million light years away from us and glows at visual magnitude 8.
This target is located at: R.A. 00 hrs. 47.5 min. Dec. -25° 17’
This is a must sketch target.

Sketching:

Time: 12:15 am – 11:30 am local time October 17, 2014
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Telescope: 10” f/4.5 Orion Newtonian with a 13mm Hyperion eyepiece for 88 x
White sketching paper 8.5” x 12”, graphite pencils 6B, 4B, 2B, blending stumps
Sketch inverted after scanning.

Frank McCabe


7 thoughts on “NGC 253: Sculptor Galaxy”

  1. Frank,

    I very much enjoyed the details and knots in your Silver Coin galaxy sketch. This is a favorite object and you have done it beautiful justice here. I must look for it again!

    Cindy

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