NGC 1530 - The Camelopardis Galaxy

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This image is featured as an "Astrophoto der Woche (AdW)" (Astrophoto of the Week) in the German Astrophotography forum, see the full article with detailed showcase and scientific explanations here: NGC1530 Artikel.

NGC 1530, a barred spiral galaxy situated in the constellation Camelopardalis, captivates astronomers with its distinctive structure. The prominent bar running through its central region is accompanied by tightly wound spiral arms, hosting regions of active star formation. Observing NGC 1530 provides astronomers with valuable insights into the dynamics of barred spiral galaxies, contributing to our understanding of galactic evolution and the role of bars in shaping stellar populations.

Photographing rare objects is especially rewarding when there are not many deep images available. Long exposures can reveal lesser known features such as extended haloes, stellar streams, or companions. Observing barred spirals with an extended and well-developed bar is not so easy, as many prominent examples are located in the southern hemisphere. NGC 1530 is one of the most beautiful examples of this type.

Photographed from Bamberg, Germany under Bortle 5 conditions.

  • Category

    Emission Nebula

  • Coordinates

    RA 04h 23m 27.1s
    DEC +75° 17′ 44″

  • Distance

    19.9 Mpc

  • Apparent Mag

    12.3 mag (V)

  • Equipment

    ONTC 800/200 Astrograph
    iOptron CEM70G
    QHY 294m pro

  • Exposure

    L: 227 x 180 s
    R: 50 x 180 s
    G: 50 x 180 s
    B: 50 x 180 s
    Total Integration: 18.8 h

  • Publication Date


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