NGC 253 - Spiral Galaxy in Sculptor

Copyright 2002 John Hodge

One of the brighter galaxies visible to us, NGC 253 belongs to the Sculptor group...the next door neighbor to our own Local Group of galaxies, which includes our own Milky Way.  With an apparent diameter of almost one half degree (the size of the full moon), it is readily visible in small telescopes.

NGC 253 lies at a distance of 8 million light years.  



Date/Location:    August 2002     Iwancio-Hodge Observatory    Bethune, SC
Instrument:    SBIG ST-7 through 12" LX-200 
Focal Ratio:   f 10
Guiding:    Auto via ST-7
Conditions:    Visually clear, but with moderate high level water vapor
Filters:    None