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M49 Region in Virgo



Scope: FSQ-106N refractor at f/5, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA  7 March 2014  Camera: Atik 383L

Exposure: 12 x 8 min  (1x1 bin) exposure with UV/IR block,  8 x 3.5 min (2x2 bin) RGB exposures.

Processing: Data Collection -  Artemis Capture (as FITs).  Calibrated, stacked (Sigma Combine) - Deep Sky Stacker. L - RGB channel registration, equalization, central gradient removal - Astroart.  Curves, Levels, L - RGB combine and finishing  - Photoshop. Final color Calibration with eXcalibrator. This image is an LRGB combine with Luminance layering.     Final Image size is approximately 3352x2532 resized to 2400x1800.

North is up in this image. M49 is the large elliptical galaxy on the right. M49 is one of the bright galaxies of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies it is about 60 million light years distant. This field contains other noticeable galaxies as well as many smaller ones that are more visible on the full size image. Of the medium size galaxies there are 12 NGC galaxies. The pretty spiral on the left is NGC 4535; there is a close up image of NGC 4535 on another page on my website. The edge spiral on the left between two bright stars is NGC 4526 - sometimes called the "Lost Galaxy".  The distorted "S" shaped galaxy above and to the left of M49 is NGC 4488. The edge spiral galaxy in the upper right is NGC 4469.  Horizontal FOV is 115'


Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 12h 32m 11s Dec: +0808'55" 


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