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NGC 5350 (and others)

This group of galaxies is approximately 100 million light years away. NGC 5350 (in the upper left) is a tightly wound spiral galaxy in which the inner arms form a virtual ring around the nucleus. Unfortunately a bright star to the left of the field produced an annoying bright reflection. Most interesting is the interaction between the two galaxies (NGC 5353/NGC 53544) near the bottom. The smaller spherical galaxy has a very subtle dust lane in it and its companion is warped into a bowtie-like appearance. Both galaxies emit copious amounts of light in the radio wavelengths. Many other background galaxies can be seen in this image as well.

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Last Updated: 09-Apr-2014

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Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/10

SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

The raw FWHM for this image is 1.9 arcseconds.

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.

Luminance = 70 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: George Fleenor and Jim Lamm/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF