This face-on-unbarred spiral-galaxy (typed SA(s)bc) can be found in the constellation of Virgo and belongs to the Virgo-Supercluster of galaxies.With an apparent size of 6x5 arc minutes and a brightness of about 10.0mag it ca be seen visually even with smaller telescopes..
Its real distance to our milky-way measures 60 mio.light-years and its appearance shows no sign of ever having interacted with another galaxy of this super-cluster.Its inclination of about 30° allows us to have a nice view to its two very prominent spiral-arms.
NGC5247 was first seen by William Herschel in 1785.
RA.: 13h 38m 03.04s
Decl.: –17° 53′ 02.50″
LRGB image with L = 24x1200s, RGB = 7x1200s each,a total of 15.0 hours
80cm f/7 AstroOptik Keller corrected cassegrain FLI Proline 16803
Astrodon LRGB Gen-II filters Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile,remote controlled
image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken
this picture shows NGC5247 in a 79%-FOV-section.Click here for full resolution
here you see a more detailed version of NGC5247:
here you can a look to NGC5247 with ESO´s HAWK-I instrument