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NGC 1399 in Fornax - The Fornax Cluster

 

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Scope: WO ZenithStar 66 mm refractor at f/4.6, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA  11 September 2012  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 13 x 5 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 7 x 3 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine), LRGB channel registration, equalization, central gradient removal - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, LRGB combine and finishing  - Photoshop. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering.     Final Image size is approximately 1600 x 1200.

North is up in this image.  This field actually spans the Fornax - Eridanus constellation border. There are numerous galaxies in this field. Centrally dominant is NGC 1399 - an elliptical galaxy. It is joined by other ellipticals NGC 1427, NGC  1404, NGC  1387,  NGC  1379, NGC 1374 from left to right. These along with some of the other galaxies in this field constitute what is known as the Fornax Cluster of Galaxies. This galaxy cluster's center is located about 62 million light years distant from Earth. Horizontal FOV is 101'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 03h 38m 28s Dec: -3526'58" 

 

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