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Maffei II

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Imaging telescope or lens: Celestron C11

Imaging camera: SBIG ST8XME

Mount: Synta EQ6

Filter: Schuler Is

Accessories: SBIG AO8SBIG CFW 10

Resolution: 1530x1020

Dates: Nov. 1, 2017

Frames: Schuler Is: 6x1800" bin 1x1

Integration: 3.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 11.80 days

Avg. Moon phase: 90.36%

Astrometry.net job: 1806540

RA center: 40.480 degrees

DEC center: 59.589 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.596 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 27.040 degrees

Field radius: 0.152 degrees

Locations: Dintorni di Potenza, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy

Description

Hi all.
I'm back again, after a long time!
I have now a lot of good stuff to share with you, so let's start! :)
This is a hard one.
This galaxy was discovered by the italian astronomer Paolo Maffei in 1968.
It lies just on the galactic equator, and is heavily obscured by the dust clouds of our galaxy.
I shot this picture using an infrared filter (a Schuler Ic), whose bandpass is from 650 nm till 1000 nm and beyond. Its peak is around 850 nm.
I'm really impressed by the details of the galaxy itself. Incredible!
Ciao
Lorenzo

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