Scope: C8  f/6.2, Location: Laguna Mountains, CA   27 August 2005  Camera: Artemis285

Exposure: 11 x 180 sec Luminance exposures with IR block, 8 x 90 sec RGB exposures.

Processing: Images were captured Artemis Capture (as FITs). Aligned/stacked in Registax 3 and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in Astroart.  Channels were co-registered in Astroart. Final LRGB combine was done in Photoshop using Luminance Layering (or LLRGB). Selective sharpening with layer mask was applied to galaxy dust lanes. Brighter star sizes were managed with a light minimum filter applied with mask. Photoshop was also used to subtract background noise from the luminance channel. Color balancing and final touches were done in Photoshop. SGBNR was used to smooth remaining background noise on the final result. Final Image size is approximately 1392x1040.

North is up in this image. The image was guided for all exposures. NGC 7331 is the main object in this image. It is accompanied by 5 other galaxies in this field of view. Four to the left of NGC 7331 are NGC 7335, NGC 7337, NGC 7340, and NGC 7336. The galaxy in the upper right corner is MCG6-49-44.  This image replaces an earlier image that can be seen in the Archives here.  Horizontal FOV is 24'

Image center is approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 22h 37m 02s Dec: +3427'34"


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