Object name: NGC7183
NGC 7183 is a peculiar red galaxy in southwestern Aquarius about 110 million light-years distant. It is well below my normal imaging area where seeing is poor and atmospheric dispersion a major issue. I had to try for it when I had a better than usual night (well what passes for usual this year). The dust lanes are what interested me especially the one coming in diagonally from the lower right side that obviously doesn't follow a spiral pattern. Actually, none of them do. Also, it is very asymmetric with a faint extended region to the southwest. Thanks to faint plume-like extensions I measure its size at about 150,000 light-years. That's one big galaxy. With nothing else in the field at its distance, I'm going to assume its distortion and odd dust is due to a rather significant galaxy it merged with in the not too distant past. I suspect with better resolution a lot of fine dust structure would be seen. It was discovered by William Herschel on September 23, 1786. It didn't make either of the Herschel 400 observing programs.
Related Designation(s):1WGA J2202.3-1855, 2dFGRS S813Z199, 2MASS J22022162-1854590, 2MASX J22022161-1854596, 2MASXi J2202216-185459, 2XMM J220221.8-185501, 6dF J2202216-185459, 6dFGSv 10682, AGC 034978, APMBGC 601+042-050, APMUKS(BJ) B215936.37-190928.5, ESO 215936-1909.4, ESO 601- G 008, ESO-LV 6010080, GSC 6379 01723, GSM 002, HIPASS J2202-18, IRAS 21596-1909, IRAS F21596-1909, MCG -03-56-004, MRSS 601-108974, NGC 7183, NGC7183, NVSS J220220-185452, PGC 067892, SGC 215936-1909.4,