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NGC 7606

The tightly wound spiral arms of this magnificent galaxy are very similar to galaxies such as NGC 488NGC 2841, and perhaps M88. Astronomers note that the star formation rate of this galaxy is settling down. Soon (in galactic time) this galaxy may form a barred nucleus in its center with a ring of material surrounding it. It is estimated that this galaxy is 97 million light years away.

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Last Updated: 07-May-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.

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

Luminance = 105 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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