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NGC 6621

These two interacting spiral galaxies are located about 300 million lightyears away in the constellation Draco. We are seeing them about 100 million years after their closest approach, which triggered large outbursts of star formation. For another view, see the Hubble image of NGC 6621.

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Last Updated: 30-Apr-2014

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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 = 70 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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