Abell 262: The Fath and NGC708
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Scope: Zenithstar 66 mm APO at f/4.7 Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA 1 November 2010 Camera: Artemis285
Exposure: 10 x 7 min Luminance with IR Block Filter (bin 1x1); 9 x 3 min RGB (2x2 bin)
Processing: Images were captured with Artemis Capture (as FITs). Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart with Sigma Combine. IR / UV Blocking filter and Color channels were scaled and color balanced in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart. Central gradient removal was performed in Astroart. Luminance construction consisted of the IR/UV blocking filter exposures. Curves and Levels applied in Photoshop to the Luminance construction to optimize object features. Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop using Luminance Layering. . Final Image size is approximately 1392 x 1027.
North is up in this image. NGC 708 is the most prominent galaxy in the center. The full size image shows more resolution where several galaxies can be seen in close proximity to NGC708. This close grouping arond NGC708 is known as The Fath. There are many smaller galaxies throughout this whole field of view that make up part of the galaxy group known as Abell 262. This image shows only about 1/4 the size of the overall Abell 262 group. Horizontal FOV is 100'
Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 01h 52m 46s Dec: +36°09'06"
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