NGC3256 + NGC3256C + NGC3263 Galaxies in Vela
NGC 3256 is a peculiar galaxy formed from the collision of two separate galaxies in the constellation of Vela. NGC 3256 is located about 100 million light years away and belongs to the Hydra-Centaurus supercluster complex. NGC 3256 provides a nearby template for studying the properties of young star clusters in tidal tails. The system hides a double nucleus and a tangle of dust lanes in the central region. Signs of the collision are two extended luminous tails swirling out from the galaxy.
NGC3263 is a barred galaxy of type SBc in a distance of 124 million light-years.
LRGB (L=20x1200s), RGB 7x1200s each, all bin1, guided
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller Cassegrain + corrector, FLI Proline 16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile,
Acquisition: Keller, Buchhold, Schedler
Processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken
NGC labels CCW from left to right (top)