Best of AOP - Galaxies


A color image of this galaxy transforms it from an otherwise mottled oval cloud into the complex workings of a spiral galaxy. Its spiral structure is hidden from view- and without a typical bulge in its center, astronomers classify this as spiral galaxy with difficulty. However, the most obvious details are the bright regions of star formation including clouds of young blue (hot) stars and pink emission nebulae all interlaced with obscuring clouds of gas and dust. The light that this image records is estimated to be 40 million years old.

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Last Updated: 24-Feb-2014

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Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/6.3

SBIG ST8E 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.

The average FWHM for this image is 1.4".

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 = 60 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 30 minutes binned 2x2

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