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Catalogue and alternative designations NGC 1316 and NGC 1317.  NGC 1316 is also known as Fornax A


Type Galaxies 
Position 03 22 39, -37 12 45 (NGC 1316)
Constellation Fornax
Camera and Telescope STXL6303 and 36.8 cm Ritchey Chretien
Focal Ratio F9
Exposure Details LRGB 330:105:90:120 luminance unbinned, colours binned 2x2 with Astrodon series 2 filters

NGC 1316 is the brightest galaxy in the Fornax Cluster with a magnitude of 9.4 and angular dimensions of 11.1' x 7.2'.  The smaller NGC 1317 is magnitude 11.9 and 2.5' x 2.2.  NGC 1316 is at about 62 million light years distance and NGC 1317 is similar. NGC 1316 is an intense radio source and is known in this guise as Fornax A being one of the earliest galactic radio sources discovered.

The caption to a recent ESO image of the pair calls NGC 1316 a "galactic serial killer" because of the number of galaxies it has absorbed and interacted with over its lifetime.  NGC 1317 by comparison has had a more sedate existence.