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NGC 6166

NGC 6166 is the bright elliptical galaxy on the left-hand side of the above image. This is part of a galaxy cluster which lies about 490 million miles away from us in the constellation Hercules. With an active, supermassive black hole in the nucleus, it is one of the brightest X-ray luminous galaxies known.

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Last Updated: 30-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.

One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was 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 = 120 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 15 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 15 minutes binned 2x2

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