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NGC 660

About this object

NGC 660 is a rare polar ring galaxy in which a majority of the stars are orbiting nearly perpendicular to the galaxy core. Some literature suggests that NGC 660 went through an encounter with another galaxy in the distant past which caused its outer stars to be elongated into the current configuration. NGC 660 lies approx 20 million light years distant. The surrounding field is full of faint galaxies and galaxy clusters.

Image Details

  • Optics : Stellarvue SV160 triplet refractor
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: QSI 583
  • Filters: AstroDon 31mm LRGB filter set
  • Exposure: LRGB 240:80:80:80 RGB binned 2x2
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 4.56, CCD Commander
  • Location: Chiefland Star Party, Chiefland, FL
  • Date: Nov 10
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