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NGC 1087

NGC 1087 is a barred-spiral galaxy in Cetus. The central bar/core is very small with many irregular features in the surrounding disk of material. The spiral nature of the galaxy seems best defined by the dust in the galaxy rather than luminous matter. NGC 1087 is estimated to be 66 million light years away.

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Last Updated: 26-Feb-2014

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Equipment

Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/10

SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

The AO-7 unit was used to acquire 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 = 70 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 40 minutes binned 2x2

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