NGC 5033 and Caldwell C29 in Canes Venatici
Crab-like NGC 5033, at the bottom of this picture, lies some 40 million light-years away in the northern constellation Canes Venatici. Its dust lanes wind very near the galaxy's bright core but it has relatively faint blue spiral arms, speckled with pink star forming regions and massive blue star clusters. The galaxy spans over 100,000 light-years, similar in size to our own spiral Milky Way.
NGC 5033 has a core that is very bright and variable, probably powered by a supermassive black hole. The bright nucleus and rotational center of the galaxy also seem to be slightly offset, suggesting NGC 5033 is the result of an ancient galaxy merger.
Just to its left is the orange star SAO 63414 at magnitude 6.5.
To the upper left is Sb spiral galaxy NGC 5005, much more densely packed, also known as Caldwell C29.
To the lower right is the blueish galaxy Holmberg VIII; centre top is spiral galaxy NGC 5002; and mid right is spiral galaxy NGC 5014.
Orion Optics UK AG16 Astrograph at f3.8: SBIG 11000 CM: Titan Mount
25 x 10 minutes minutes (4hours 10 mins total) single shot colour, processed with CCDStack, Photoshop, Pixinsight, taken automatically with CCDAP5 on both sides of the meridian, with an IDAS D1 filter for light pollution reduction.
Data capture: April 2015