NGC6221 is a disturbed spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ara.Its magnitude is 10.1mag with a size of 3,5´x 2,5´
It was detected by John Herschel in 1835 with a 19-inch instrument.It interacts with the nearby Galaxy NGC6215.
Both lie in the low galactic latitude of only 10° and therefor are "hidden" by many foreground stars and dust clouds of our own milky-way.Its nuclei resembles to starburst-galaxies (X-ray observations)
LHaRGB (400-120-180-180-180 min) total 17,7 h, 80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller cassegrain, FLI PL 16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile
Processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken
this is a CCD-image of 88% fieldsize. Click on it for full resolution.
here is a cropped close-up of the galaxy:
for a fine mosaic-view of the brightest part of this galaxy from the HST click here