10  October  2018
  
 
NGC 5102
    
    



By   Steve Crouch
( members.pcug.org.au/~stevec/ )

Taken with a 36.8cm Ritchey Chretien telescope at F9 and a SBIG STXL 16200 CCD camera. 
This is a LRGB image using Astrodon series 2 filters with  L=150 minutes, R=G=B=90 minutes.  Luminance unbinned, colours binned 2x2

NGC 5102 is a galaxy in the group that includes M83 and NGC 5128.
It is relatively bright at magnitude 10.4 and is 8.7 x 2.8 arcminutes in size and is about 12.1 million light years away.
 NGC 5102 is not often observed or imaged, probably because of the close proximity to magnitude 2.7 iota Centauri. 
At first sight it appears almost featureless but there are subtle dust lanes present.

 
 

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