NGC 253 - The "silver coin" galaxy

NGC 253 is a large galaxy in the constellation of Cetus. Because of its southern declination, it is sometimes missed by astrophotographers imaging from high northern latitudes.  The galaxy is easily visible in binoculars and can be found about halfway between the star Beta Ceti and the star Alpha Sculptoris.

This photograph was taken using a Pentax K-X set at ISO 800 and a six-inch F-5 reflector.  The resultant image is a stack of six five-minute exposures:

 

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