NGC 5874


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NGC 5874 is a symmetric spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Bootes. Most of the galaxies in this direction are fairly distant. At 160 million light years away, NGC 5874 is comparatively close. In 1999 the light from a supernova explosion was observed in this galaxy.

Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.4
Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount
SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

L R G B color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 75 minutes binned 1x1
Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

  • Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were applied to the luminance image.

  • Taken under poor seeing conditions. Also needs a bit more color signal.
  • Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the the very dim and very bright details of the image simultaneously.

  • Minimum credit line: Pat Balfour/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 04/27/2004