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NGC 1055 in Cetus

 

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Scope: Celestron 9.25 Edge 235 mm at f/7, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA  24 November 2013  Camera: ST8300M

Exposure: 14 x 8 min  (2x2 bin) exposure with UV/IR block,  8 x 3.5 min (3x3 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  CCDSoft (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine), LRGB channel registration, central gradient removal, and color equalization - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, LRGB combine and finishing  - Photoshop.  Color calibration using eXcalibrator. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering -   Final Image size is approximately 1800x1351.

North is down in this image.  NGC 1055 is a beautiful edge on spiral galaxy with a  wide and knotty dust lane across its equator. It is in the constellation of Cetus and very near  M77. It is considered part of the M77 galaxy group and seen as interacting with M77. NGC 1055 is similar in size to our own Milky Way galaxy  The distance of NGC 1055  is approximately 60  million light years.  The Horizontal FOV is 38'.

Image center is located approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 02h 41m 48.0s Dec: +0026'00"

 

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