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NGC 5908

At an estimated distance of 140 million light years away, NGC 5908 looks very similar to a miniature Sombrero Galaxy, NGC 5908 has a fairly small bulge. The size of a central bulge for a particular galaxy is often a very good indicator of its morphological type. A small bulge in this case suggests that NGC 5908 is a barred spiral galaxy not unlike NGC 5068. Other nearby galaxies to NGC 5908 include NGC 5905 and NGC 5907.

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Last Updated: 24-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.

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 = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 15 minutes binned 2x2

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