Draco Trio of Galaxies

Photographer
Rod Pommier
Email
pommierr@ohsu.edu
Location of photo
Pommier Observatory, Portland, OR, USA
Date/Time of photo
2013/07/08 through 2013/07/17
Equipment
Telescope/Mount: Celestron Compustar C14. Camera: SBIG STL 11000M with Baader Planetarium LRGB filters and SBIG AO-L Adaptive Optics at 4.5 Hz
Description
Within this remarkable field in Draco, no larger than a half moon, we can see three galaxies of different morphology. The upper galaxy is NGC 5985, a face on class SBb spiral galaxy. The middle galaxy is NGC 5982, a class E3 elliptical galaxy. The lower galaxy is NGC 5981, an edge on class SB spiral galaxy. The three galaxies lies between 100 and 140 million light-years from Earth. Numerous other more distant galaxies are visible throughout the field