Stephan's Quintet and the Deer Lick Group

Residing the constellation Pegasus are two unique galaxy groups.  In the upper right of this image is the "Deer Lick Group" which consists of NGC 7331 (the large galaxy) and four smaller galaxies.  Their close alignment to NGC 7331 is simply by chance.


In the lower left of this image you will see "Stephan's Quintet".  It consists of five galaxies, four of which form the first compact galaxy group ever discovered.  These four galaxies form a physical association and eventually, astronomers believe,  may merge into a single galaxy. 


OTA:  Skywatcher Esprit 120

Camera:  Atik 460ex

Filters:  Astrodon LRGB Gen2

Mount:  AP Mach 1

Exposure:  L:R:G:B    186m:108:108:108  (RGB bin 2x2)

Data obtained:  October 7 & 22, 2016

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory