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NGC 5965 in Draco



Scope: C8  f/6.3, Dos Picos Park,  Ramona, CA,   27 May 2011  Camera: ST8300M

Exposure:  17 x 6 min UV/IR Block Luminance (2x2 bin),  8 x 3 min RGB exposures (3x3 bin).

Processing: Images were captured with CCDSoft. Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart ; Sigma Combine method was used for stacking subs.  All channels were scaled and background equalized in Astroart.  Channels were co-registered in Astroart. G2V  factors  were applied to color channels in Astroart. Central Gradient removal was done in Astroart.  Level adjustments and curves were made on the Luminance data to bring out object features. Light noise reduction (via curves compression) was applied to the background.  LRGB combine was done in Photoshop.    Final touches and color balance in Photoshop. Final Image size is approximately 1800x1360.

North is up in this image. NGC 5965 is a spiral galaxy that from Earth is viewed nearly edge-on - the red hued galaxy to the upper left. The galaxy's central bulge is apparent in this image.  The blue hued galaxy to the lower right is NGC 5963 - it's faint spiral arms extend some distance out from the bright core. Very close to both of these galaxies are visually small background galaxies (PGC2544663, PGC2544936, PGC214388, and  several others).  More apparent but also visually small galaxies are in the lower left - NGC 5971 and NGC 5969 .   Horizontal FOV is  about 44'

Image Center approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 15h 33m 46s Dec: +5636'46"


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