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NGC 6207

This galaxy is of interest to amateur astronomers, not because of its own nature, but instead because it is in the direction of the remarkable globular cluster M13. Since NGC 6207 is in the vicinity, most telescopic observers always take a quick peak at this small galaxy. Shown here (perhaps for the first time) is the colorful detail of this galaxy with small spiral arms and HII regions. Even through the largest telescopes these kinds of details cannot be seen visually. Even more distant galaxies are evident in the black and white version of this image. Click HERE to see the full field. (NGC 6207 will look overexposed in order to show the background galaxies (fuzzy blobs).)

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Last Updated: 30-Apr-2014

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Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/6.3

SBIG ST8ME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Luminance and color data were taken on different nights. The luminance was taken through thin clouds/haze.

No sharpening was employed for this 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.

This image was published in the June 2001 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine.

Luminance = 48 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 10 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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