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NGC 3115 - The Spindle Galaxy

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#1 jgraham

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 10:31 PM

Last night the sky was clear, but very humid, so I looked for a fairly bright condensed target and came across this little gem. NGC 3115 (Caldwell 53) is small bright edge-on galaxy with a very faint dust lane (not visible in this image). While my SN6 was busy taking this image I tracked this little galaxy down with my 10” f/5.6 Newtonian; it was a tad tricky to locate because of its small size, but very neat once I found it. These images make the best darned star maps!

LRGB (L:75x30sec, RGB: 25x30sec each, high gain) taken with a Meade DSI Pro at the prime focus of an LXD75 SN6, source images saved as FITS, aligned in ASIP, combined in drizzle, LRGB assembled in Photoshop.

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#2 jay52

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 02:01 PM

Very cool, John! I like this object myself and I'm glad to see you going after tougher stuff like this. Very well done!


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