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IC 342 The Hidden Galaxy

Contains: IC 342

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Resolution: 4246x3397

Dates: Sept. 15, 2017Sept. 17, 2017Sept. 20, 2017Sept. 21, 2017Sept. 22, 2017

Frames:
Astrnomik CLS-CCD: 971x30" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 120x60" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 120x60" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Lum Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 451x30" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 90x60" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 17.4 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~250

Avg. Moon age: 16.41 days

Avg. Moon phase: 9.48%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00

Astrometry.net job: 1739787

RA center: 56.706 degrees

DEC center: 68.094 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.648 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 308.736 degrees

Field radius: 0.490 degrees

Locations: Future World Media Home Observatory, Taylor, MI, Michigan, United States

Description

IC 342 is a challenging cosmic target, especially in my red zone. Although it is bright, the galaxy sits near the equator of the Milky Way’s galactic disc, where the sky is thick with glowing cosmic gas, bright stars, and dark, obscuring dust. In order for astronomers to see the intricate spiral structure of IC 342, they must gaze through a large amount of material contained within our own galaxy — no mean feat! As a result IC 342 is relatively difficult to spot and image, giving rise to its intriguing nickname: the “Hidden Galaxy”.

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Douglas J Struble
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IC 342 The Hidden Galaxy, Douglas J Struble