NGC 5350 et al..


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This group of galaxies is approximately 100 million light years away. NGC 5350 (in the upper left) is a tightly wound spiral galaxy in which the inner arms form a virtual ring around the nucleus. Unfortunately a bright star to the left of the field produced an annoying bright reflection. Most interesting is the interaction between the two galaxies (NGC 5353/4) near the bottom. The smaller spherical galaxy has a very subtle dust lane in it and its companion is warped into a bowtie-like appearance. Both galaxies emit copius amounts of light in the radio wavelengths. Many other background galaxies can be seen in this image as well.

Equipment

Meade 16in LX200 telescope operating at f/10
SBIG ST8E CCD camera with color filter wheel

L R G B color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = 70 minutes binned 1x1
Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2
Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

  • One iteration of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp was applied to the luminance image.

  • The raw FWHM for this image is 1.9 arcseconds.
  • Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the the very dim and very bright details of the image simultaneously.

  • Minimum credit line: George Fleenor and Jim Lamm/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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    Updated: 02/15/2002