Arp 271 (NGC 5426 & 27)

  10-inch Newtonian, StarlightXpress MX716, 29 minutes

  Arp 271 is in the Double Galaxies with Connected Arms class.  Dr. Arp's Atlas note is "arms linked.  Note bifurcation in arm of N spiral".  The northern galaxy is NGC 5427 and the southern one is NGC 5426.  This was the last image to complete my 338 Arps.  It was a good ending since I find it one of the most beautiful.  It was a tough night, however, because of very strong and gusty winds.  I took 79 sub-exposures of Arp 271 and only 29 could be used because of the wind.

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