Abell 370 Lensing Galaxy Cluster

Abell 370 is a galaxy cluster located approximately 6 billion light-years away from the Earth (at redshift z = 0.375), in the constellation Cetus. Its core is made up of several hundred galaxies. It was catalogued by George Abell, and this is the most distant of the clusters he catalogued. Abell 370 includes several distorted arcs of lensed light,  where the lens in fact is a entire cluster of galaxies showing more several distant galaxies from the farest background.

Image data:
LRGB (500-120-120-120 min) total 14,3 h, seeing 0.9-1.4 arc-sec, north is up
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller corrected cassegrain, FLI PL-16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO Chile
processing: Johannes Schedler

Find a cropped image centered on the Abell 370 cluster below in 70/200% size

click for 200% size

Below there is a gif animation showing the cluster at 200% size in comparison with a image insert from the Hubble Space Telescope.


Below a close-up on the distant mag 16 spiral galaxy PGC 135657 at 24” diameter south of the lensing cluster in the same telescopic field of view at 100% size.

Last modified on Saturday, 23 March 2019 16:49

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