PGC 63287 / Sagittarius Dwarf Irregular Galaxy

The small Sagittarius Dwarf Irregular galaxy is the most distant member of the Local Group, besides IC 5152. The surface brightness of the dwarf galaxy is low, but the brightest giant stars can already be resolved with amateur equipment.

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Optics: Planewave CDK 12.5 with Televue 0.8x reducer
Aperture: 318 mm
Focal Length: 2030 mm
Camera: QHY163M
Exposure: R:G:B 12:12:12 x 300 s
Location: Chamaeleon Observatory, Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Processing: Nebulosity, Registar, StarTools, Starnet, Photoshop
Diameter:2,500 light years
Distance:3.4 million light years
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