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NGC 5985

NGC 5985 (face-on spiral, upper-right) and NGC 5982 (elliptical) are two of three galaxies in what is sometimes called the Draco Triplet. The three are about 100 million lightyears away from Earth.

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Last Updated: 24-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.

Bright moonlight made a long integration time necessary.

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: Richard Robinson and Beverly Erdman/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF