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NGC 1042

NGC 1042 is face-on spiral galaxy in direction of Cetus around 60 million light years away. Its low surface brightness mandates relatively dark skies in order to image it well. The general structure of the swirl is reminiscent of another galaxy- NGC 4535.

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Last Updated: 26-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.

The seeing was a bit soft for 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 = 90 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Amy Harmon and Scott Matthews/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF