NGC-5746, spiral galaxy in Virgo
NGC-5746 is a beautiful edge-on spiral galaxy located in the eastern part of the constellation of Virgo, just west of the 4th magnitude star 109 Virginis. It is a massive type Sb spiral, seen edge-on from our perspective. It lies approximately 90 million light years from Earth and is 90,000 light years in diameter.
This image, acquired on July 14, 2012, is a 30 minute integration of 90 second exposures through the Celestron C-11 at f/2, using the HyperStar III imaging system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C color CCD camera, operating at -10 degrees below ambient temperature and binned 1 X 1. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5 Pro. Post processed using PhotoShop CS2, Gradient XTerminator, StarShrink, Carboni's Astro Tools and NoiseWare.