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NGC 5775 and NGC 5774 in Virgo

 

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Scope: C8  at f/6.9, Location: Laguna Mountains, CA   19 May 2012  Camera: ST8300M

Exposure: 16 x 8 min  (2x2 bin) exposure with UV/IR block, 8 x 4 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. This image is a straightforward LRGB combine with Luminance layering.  Selective sharpening was applied to galaxy features.   Final Image size is approximately 1800 x 1350.

North is up in this image. This galaxy field is in Virgo. The two galaxies at the top are NGC 5774 (face on spiral) and NGC 5775 (edge on galaxy).  The galaxies to the lower right are IC 1067 (barred spiral) and IC 1066.  The interesting ring galaxy on the right is PGC53126.  There are many smaller galaxies in this field. The bright star in the center is SAO 120713.  NGC 5774/5774 are about 87million light years distant. IC1066/1067 are about 89 million light years distant. PGC53126 is about 380 million light years distant.  The bright star SAO 120713 is only about 660 light years distant. Horizontal FOV is about 44'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 14h 53m 29s Dec: +0324'35"

 

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