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Catalogue and alternative designations Centaurus Galaxy Cluster. The brightest member is NGC 4696


Type Galaxy Cluster
Position  12 48.8, -41 19 (NGC 4696)
Constellation Centaurus
Camera and Telescope STL11000M and 31.75 cm Ritchey Chretien
Focal Ratio F9
Exposure Details LRGB = 180:105:105:105 All binned 1x1 with Baader filters 
Description The Centaurus galaxy cluster is very rich with the two brightest members being the ellipticals NGC 4696 (centre) and NGC 4709 (to the right).  NGC 4696 has some subtle dust lanes visible in this image.  This cluster is roughly twice the distance of the Virgo cluster.