PGC 10074, the Fornax dwarf spherical galaxy

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The fornax dwarf, with six of its own globulars lies pretty low in the south for most of the North American viewers. Indeed, it rises about 22 degrees above a fairly bright town for me so is a challenge. The galaxy is a satellite of the Milky way and was first imaged in 1938 by Harlow Shapley.The major globular, ngc 1049, was actually charted before the galaxy and is located almost directly above the main cluster, the blue fuzzy star. Clusters 3 and 4 are to the left of the large yellow star, number one is at the upper right corner, number 2 is probably the fuzzy star at about 5 o'clock and number 5 is probably the brighter fuzzy star at far ten o'clock... Please feel free to correct this if you have better info, my sources are pretty thin.. thanks..


Explore Scientific 127mm, f7.5, ED apo with carbon fiber tube. Mounted piggyback on a Meade LX200 classic 12-inch SCT


Canon XT/350d modified with Baader type 1 filter by Hap Griffin


32 ten-minute sub exposures at iso 1600, captured RAW over three nights in late December 2011.


Modified 10 x 50 finder scope with Meade DSI pro I controlled by PHD Guiding from Stark Labs


Images acquired, calibrated, stacked, and color corrected in Nebulosity 2.2.4 from Stark Labs. Further processing in Photoshop CS3. To note, the single subs shoed only a few of the brighter elements even with some stretching... one has to have faith with these very faint things, keep adding time....