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NGC 5068

This galaxy sports a very bright central bar with diffuse outer arms. There are many reddish star-forming regions in this galaxy - one near the top of the galaxy in this image must be incredibly luminous and full of energetic young stars. Background galaxies flank NGC 5068 on the right and below. If this galaxy is part of the NGC 5128 group of galaxies, it resides some 9 million light years distant.

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Last Updated: 09-Apr-2014

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Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/6.3

SBIG ST8E 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 = 54 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 40 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Rosemary Powelson and Dale Bailey/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF