NGC 253, often called the Silver Dollar or the Sculptor Galaxy, resides in the southern constellation of Sculptor below the stars of Cetus the whale (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). This galaxy is fairly near as far as galaxies go (~10 million light years) and so appears relatively bright (mag. 7.0) and large (25x8 arcminutes compared with 31 arcmin for the moon). NGC 253 is known as a starburst galaxy based on its extremely high rate of new star formation - many times higher than in the Milky Way. The galaxy is a barred spiral with a high dust content and huge outflows of dust and gas can be seen near the core in this image.
Takahashi EM-200 Temma 2 Jr., Takahashi TSA-102 at f/6, FLI ML8300. 120 minutes total luminance data.