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NGC 70

In our universe most galaxies do not drift alone as strangers in a cosmic sea- instead they cluster in groups and gatherings that on the largest scales boggle the mind. Here, a small group of galaxies surround the seemingly out-of-place spiral NGC 70. These galaxies are around 300 million light years away in the direction of Andromeda.

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Last Updated: 24-Feb-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.

Taken during very bad seeing.

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 = 90 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Brenda and Bill Eddy/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF