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NGC 1253

NGC 1253 and its companion dimly make themselves known in the constellation of Eridanus. In fact, the direction of these galaxies can be visualized as looking just above (and over) the outer spiral arm of our own galaxy toward these two around 75 million light years more distant. You may need a darkened room to see these galaxies well on your monitor.

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Last Updated: 04-Mar-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.

The AO unit was used for this image.

Due to the faintness of the object, no DDP was used on this image.

Luminance = 105 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Gert Gottschalk and Sibylle Froehlich/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF