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NGC 5297

This spiral galaxy and its dwarf companion (above and to the left) are interacting and triggering bursts of star formation within NGC 5297. These galaxies are located in the constellation Canes Venatici.

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Last Updated: 09-Apr-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 poor seeing. The long exposure intended to help get enough signal for post processing  deconvolution.

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 = 150 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Rocky Whitson/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF