Best of AOP - Galaxies

Coma Cluster

Located in the small constellation of Coma Berenices, this cluster contains more than 1000 galaxies. Almost every object in this image is a galaxy. This cluster of galaxies is several hundred million light years away and is moving away from our own galaxy at 7000 km/sec! In fact this cluster is so large that it takes light several million years to travel from one side to the other!

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Last Updated: 19-Feb-2014

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Equipment

16in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.4

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.

Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the very dim and very bright details of

the image simultaneously.

Luminance = 180 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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