Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253) - Sketch
Negev desert (Borot Lutz), Israel, ~6.7 mag. sky.
5-6/08/2011 ; 03:30
Orion skyview pro 8" F/5 Newtonian. 13mm Vixen LVW. 77X
Graphite pencil sketch on a white paper, made while observing with a telescope under red light. Processed in Photoshop. Observation by Michael Vlasov.
Spiral galaxy ;
size: 24' ; magnitude: 8 ;
constellation: Sculptor ; distance: 11.5 Mly.
The "Sculptor Galaxy" (or "Silver Coin" galaxy) is a close, large, relatively bright, and almost edge-on spiral galaxy. It has angular size almost the same as the Moon.
The galaxy has a long elliptical shape, slightly assymetrical (relatively to the core). Several darker and brighter parts and filaments are visible around the brighter central part. Galaxy's edges are slightly washed out.