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NGC 2336

The many delicate spiral arms of NGC 2336 give it the appearance of regal, understated beauty. The central region sports a bar in which stars orbit the center of the galaxy, not in circles as do the stars in the outer arms- but instead in "figure eights" and more complicated weave-like patterns along the axis of the bar. This galaxy is one of the largest in the direction of Polaris- and it is one of the most northern CCD images acquired from the Visitor Center Observatories. NGC 2336 is around 100 million light years away.

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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 = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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