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IC 10

IC 10 would be a much more well known object were it not for the dimming clouds of gas and dust in our own galaxy. At 3 degrees south of the galactic plane, we look towards this member of the Local Group of Galaxies through an outer spiral arm of our Milky Way. This galaxy is a well-studied object because it is the nearest starburst galaxy to us. Most interesting are the sheer number of luminous stars (especially Wolf-Rayet stars) and star forming regions. Astronomers are currently trying to understand why an irregular galaxy like this is forming as many luminous stars as it does- given the amount of material it has as well as many other factors. IC 10 is around 4.5 million light years away

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Last Updated: 19-Feb-2014

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Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

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

50% moon in the sky.

Luminance = 105 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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