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NGC 5247

NGC 5247 is a multi-armed pinwheel galaxy in the direction of Virgo. This galaxy has the structure that astronomers call a "grand design" spiral. This galaxy is around 50 million light years away.

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Last Updated: 09-Apr-2014

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Equipment

Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/6.3

SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

A smoothing filter was applied to the color image due to excessive noise.

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 = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Tom Boerner and David Young/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF