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NGC 5394 and NGC 5395

These two interacting spiral galaxies are located about 160 million lightyears away in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is thought that they have already collided once and are currently recoiling.

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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 = 75 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Doug Matthews and E. J. Jones/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF