Imaging telescope or lens: APM LZOS 130/780 f/6 LW CNC II 130mm APO
Imaging camera: FLI ML16200
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2
Guiding telescope or lens: Orion Deluxe 50mm MiniGuider
Guiding camera: Orion SSAG
Focal reducer: Riccardi Model 1 1.0x Flattener
Filter: Astrodon Gen2E LRGB
Dates: Nov. 17, 2017
Integration: 8.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 28.62 days
Avg. Moon phase: 0.93%
Mean SQM: 21.40
Astrometry.net job: 1854344
RA center: 56.698 degrees
DEC center: 68.097 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.777 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 357.110 degrees
Field radius: 0.529 degrees
Similar in size to large, bright spiral galaxies in our neighborhood, IC 342 is 10 million light-years distant in Camelopardalis. IC 342 would otherwise be a prominent galaxy in our night sky, but it is hidden from clear view and only glimpsed through the veil of stars, gas and dust clouds along the plane of our own Milky Way galaxy [based on APOD writeup July2017]. This 8.0 hour LRGB image was taken on 11/17/17 at D.A.R.C.observatory, Mercey Hot Springs, CA.
Used new Local Fuzzy Histogram Hyperbolization script (LFHH) in PI 1.8.5 with a lot of blending in PS CS6 to control its harshness and make sure there is no effect on star shape (3.1" FWHM, 0.54 Eccentricity unchanged to 0.5%).
Further diluted the LFHH contribution to the blend by another 50% to reduce any sign of harshness and other bad effects from LFHH.
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