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NGC 5247 in Virgo



Scope: C8 f/7.5; Location: Laguna Mountains, CA; 19 May, 2007; Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 8 x 360 sec  Luminance exposures with IR Block Filter (bin 1x1); 5 x 180 sec RGB (bin 2x2) 

Processing: Images were captured in Artemis Capture (as FITs). Aligned/stacked in Registax 4 and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were numerically scaled and  color balanced in Astroart.  Channels were co-registered in Astroart.  Central Gradient removal was performed on the L,R,G,B stacked masters. The IR Block exposure was used as the luminance channel. Curves and Levels applied in Photoshop to optimize object features.  Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop using Luminance Layering (or LLRGB).   Selective sharpening with layer mask was applied to galaxy  features. Light noise reduction was performed using PixInsight LE. Final touches were done in Photoshop.  Final Image size is approximately 1392x1044.

 North is up in this image. NGC 5247 is a multi-armed  spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. It's distance from Earth is not well known - some estimates put the distance at 50 million light years.  Horizontal FOV is about 19'

Image Center approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 13h 38m 03s Dec: -1753'05"


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