Waid Observatory

Object: M83 - The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
Date: April, May, 2017  -   Location: Dark Sky Observatory, Davis Mountains, TX
Telescope: PL 17 CDK   Mount: Paramount ME II   Camera: FLI 16803
Exposure:   L = 250 min.   R&G = 140 min. each B = 160 min. Ha = 200 min.
Image Credit: Preston Starr & Donald Waid
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M83 - The Southern Pinwheel


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M83, also known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, is located in the constellation Hydra.  The galaxy is classified as a barred spiral, similar to our own Milky Way.  It is estimated to be approximately 15 million light-years distant.  M83 is the center of one of two sub-groups of the Centaurus A/M83 Group of galaxies.  M83 is one of the brightest galaxies in our sky and may be viewed with the aid of binoculars from dark sky observing sites located in lower northern latitudes.


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