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NGC 2146

Located in Camelopardis, this galaxy has been violently perturbed by an interaction with a nearby galaxy. This is an example of a "peculiar galaxy" and is a strong source of radio emission. It is believed to be in the final stages of a collision and merger and may be interacting with NGC2146A, which lies 18 arc-minutes away. (Distance: 47 million ly)

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Last Updated: 12-Mar-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.

The AO-7 unit was used to acquire this image.

Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were 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 = 45 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 45 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 45 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Peter Lipscomb/Flynn Haase/NOAO/AURA/NSF