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NGC 1073

This is a very dim barred spiral galaxy in Cetus. In addition to its intrinsic beauty- this galaxy is well-known due to its fortuitous line-of-sight towards three quasars! See the location of the three quasars.

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Last Updated: 26-Feb-2014

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16in RC Optical Systems telescope operating at f/8.8

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.

The image averages 1.5" seeing.

Luminance = 110 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: David and Christine Smith/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF