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NGC 4013

NGC 4013 is a relatively small edge-on galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. The structure of this galaxy is very similar to NGC 891- especially the very fine sprays of dust lanes that rise perpendicular to the disk. The actual core of the galaxy is hidden by the central obscuring dust lane. The superimposed (foreground) star is in our own galaxy and just happens to look like an offset core. This galaxy is estimated to be 36 million light years away and it has had one recorded supernova in the past (1989). Check out the WIYN image to see a really great picture of this field.

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Last Updated: 28-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.

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: Ray and Emily Magnani/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF