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NGC 3521

This spiral galaxy is often overlooked in favor of its neighbors M65M66, and NGC 3628. NGC 3521 is located 35 million light years away. In terms of structure it is remarkably similar to M63, though it is inclined for a slightly different perspective.

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Last Updated: 27-Mar-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/5.3

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create 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 = 80 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Renita and Jesse Nealon/Flynn Haase/NOAO/AURA/NSF