Arp 143 (NGC 2444 & 45)

  Arp 143 is a member of the class Material Emanating from E Galaxies.  The Atlas note says "diffuse counter filament".  The north galaxy is NGC 2444 and the very strange beast to the south is NGC 2445.  The two galaxies appear to flow into one another.  There is a lot more fine detail visible in the Atlas image.  The pretty little spiral near the northwest corner is CGCG 206-22.

I got an additional 26 minutes of exposure which is included in the negative image only.  It did not improve the positive and, because the images differed in alignment, I chose to do an incomplete crop of the negative image to avoid cutting off the CGCG galaxy.  The negative image is about 1' smaller in each dimension.

Atlas Image

              

  10-inch Newtonian, StarlightXpress MX716, 40 and 66 minutes
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