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Saturday, September 11, 2010
A spiral galaxy in constellation Sculptor.
This galaxy is undergoing a period of intense star formation. Areas with a Blueish hue, are most active regions of the star formation. This is a nearby galaxy, distance is "only" about 11 million light years.
Largish target, apparent dimensions are, 27,5' x 6,8'. Longer axis is almost as wide as a full Moon (30')
A closeup to show the actual resolution. Note. there is hundreds of dim background galaxies in the image.
16" RCOS ja Apogee U9000 camera.
LRGB combo. An Australian remote telescope
14x600s for the Luminance and 2x600s / RGB-channel . Dark, Bias and Flat calibrated.
Raw data is shared by Petri Kehusmaa and J-P Metsavainio
Image acquisition, MaxiDL v4.xxx
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Deconvolution with a CCDSharp, 30 iterations.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.