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NGC 5383

NGC 5383 and UGC 8877 (to the right) are around 100 million light years away. As a luminous barred spiral galaxy, NGC 5383 has been thoroughly studied by astronomers. Its orientation and brightness provide a good laboratory for learning about these kinds of galaxies. Note that the dust lane that starts at the top left of the galaxy comes down and across (in front of) the nucleus of NGC 5383. The starburst activity at the ends of the bar are also typical of this kind of galaxy.

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Last Updated: 10-Apr-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.

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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