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Sunday, October 3, 2010

NGC 1365, the "Great Barred Spiral Galaxy"

NGC 1365, the "Great Barred Spiral Galaxy" locates in constellation Fornax about 61 million light years away. This is an enormous galaxy, 200.000 light years across, one of the larges galaxies known by astronomers.

Technical details:

16" RCOS ja Apogee U9000 camera. 
LRGB combo. An Australian remote telescope
10x600s for the Luminance and 6x600s / RGB-channel . Dark, Bias and Flat calibrated.
Raw data is shared by Petri Kehusmaa and J-P Metsavainio

Processing workflow:
Image acquisition, MaxiDL
Stacked and calibrated in CCDStack.
Deconvolution with a CCDSharp, 30 iterations.
Levels, curves and color combine in PS CS3.

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