NGC5068 is an nearly face-on galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. Its apparent brightness is about 10.5mag with a size of 7.2´x 6.3´.
Its distance is approximately 22 million light-years. William Herschel discovered it in 1785 with his huge 17.8 inch reflector.
The tidal tail going straight southwards from the center is very difficult to detect and the picture below is one of the very rare verifications of its existence.
RA: 13h 18m 54.8s
Decl.: −21° 02′ 21
L(Ha)RGB L=17x1200s RGB=14x1200s each,H=5x2400s total 23.0 h, north is up, seeing 0.8-1.2 arc-sec,
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller cassegrain, FLI PL 16803, Baader Filters, Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile, remote controlled
Image processing: Bernd Flach-Wilken
here is a 90% view of the camera´s CCD-field:
here is a detailed look to NGC5068:
look for the material-jet going straight away from the galaxie´s centre in this high-contrast b&w-picture: