Cancer Galaxy Cluster

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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, February/March 2019

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

ASA 10" Astrograph, ASA 3" Wynne-Corrector
ASA DDM60, no Guiding

Camera / Exposure

Moravian G3-16200 with Astrodon filters
L 67 x 10min, R (bin2x2) 24 x 5min, G (bin2x2) 24 x 5min, B (bin2x2) 24 x 5min

Total exposure time: 17h 10min


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Thanks to Sakib Rasool for suggesting this object and for his description:

Incredible hidden treasure nestled within the claws of a fairly hidden constellation! It isn't very well known and wasn't catalogued by George Abell as it didn't qualify for his catalogue due to it not fulfilling his defined criteria. It contains the bright elliptical NGC 2563, the lenticulars NGC 2560 and NGC 2562 and the blue spirals UGC 4344 and UGC 4329. Arguably, the standout galaxy is the peculiar warped dust lane galaxy UGC 4332, whose strange appearance is likely due to a merger between a spiral and an elliptical.

The Cancer Galaxy Cluster contains about 150 galaxies, reliably identifiable galaxies in my image are marked with a circle.

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