Arp 278 (NGC 7253A & B)

  Arp 278 is in the Interacting Double Galaxies class.  Dr. Arp's Atlas note says "diffuse material between galaxies, many internal absorption lanes".  While more evident in the Atlas image, they can be detected in my image.  The absorption and especially the diffuse material can be seen best in the detail image.  There is a lot of interaction going on here.  The N galaxy is the designated A and the S is B.

The classic little spiral near the SW corner is UGC 11981.  NED lists it at 14.9 magnitude.  The image was made with a borrowed MX916 camera; I would not have been able to fit this galaxy into the field of my MX716.

Atlas Image

              

  10-inch Newtonian, StarlightXpress MX916, 58 minutes, 15.3' x 20.3'
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