NGC2280 is a fairly bright galaxy (11.2mag) of type SC located in the constellation of Canis major. Its real distance is about 75 million light-years with an apparently size of 6.5´x 3,2´.
The real size and shape resembles our own milky-way. There was a supernova explosion SN2001fz in 2001 just northeast of the nucleus.
For a look at ESO´s Faint Object Spectrograph and camera (EFOSC2) image with the 3,6m telescope click here
RA: 06h 44´ 49"
DEC: -27° 38' 21.72"
LRGB L=16x1200s, RGB=6x1200s each, total 11.3 h, south is up, seeing 0.8-1.1"
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller corrected Cassegrain, FLI PL 16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile, remote controlled
Image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken
here you have a view at 90% of the CCD´s-field of view. Click in it for a full resolution picture.
here you can see a detailed view of NGC2280: