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IC 356

IC 356 is a relatively nearby galaxy at around 39 million light years away. However, we view this galaxy through the disk of our own. Its appearance is dimmed and reddened by the intervening clouds of gas and dust of the Milky Way. IC 342- another nearby, and otherwise very bright galaxy, in the constellation of Camelopardalis suffers a similar fate. IC 356, shown here, has very delicate spiral arms with a curious radial dust lane leading towards the nucleus.

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Last Updated: 19-Feb-2014

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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.

Very poor seeing conditions- Image processed for "brightness" instead of resolution.

Two iterations 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 = 165 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Karen Weiss and Patrice Cooper/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF