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Contains:  M 95, NGC 3351

Image of the day 02/14/2018

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    M95 in Leo, 


            Paddy Gilliland
    M95 in Leo

    M95 in Leo

    Technical card

    Imaging telescope or lens:RCOS 14.5"

    Imaging camera:SBIG STX KAF-16803


    Filters:Astrodon LuminanceAstrodon BlueAstrodon RedAstrodon Green

    Resolution: 7044x6153

    Dates:Jan. 14, 2018Jan. 15, 2018Jan. 17, 2018Jan. 24, 2018

    Astrodon Blue: 17x1200" bin 1x1
    Astrodon Green: 16x1200" bin 1x1
    Astrodon Luminance: 20x1200" bin 1x1
    Astrodon Red: 18x1200" bin 1x1

    Integration: 23.7 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 15.65 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 13.47% job: 1920159

    RA center: 160.996 degrees

    DEC center: 11.696 degrees

    Pixel scale: 0.275 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 52.778 degrees

    Field radius: 0.358 degrees

    Locations: Deep Sky West Remote Observatory (DSW), Rowe, New Mexico, United States


    Here we have a look at M95, even on a 14.5" scope this is quite a small (barred spiral) galaxy ~38Mly away. Despite the challenge, I think it is a nice example of a SB(r)b galaxy and some nice details are showing.
    In order to realise the detail and keep to a decent size image I had to first ensure the scale of the image was sufficient to work out through drizzling all the data. Once complete I was able gently, through many iterations release the detail that was present. This is certainly a good example of many smaller iterations of process applications having more impact than a few larger ones. Hope you enjoy.

    PS: For the pixel peepers out there is a strange blue star towards the bottom of the image - I wondered what I had done wrong . Having reviewed this is actually correct and not an aberration, It is SDSS J104429.50+113042.0 an RR lyrae variable star - the SDSS data shows this to be the correct colour.......



    Paddy Gilliland
    License: None (All rights reserved)


    • Final
      M95 in Leo, 


            Paddy Gilliland
      M95 in Leo, 


            Paddy Gilliland


    Just a little crop for a closer look.

    Sky plot

    Sky plot


    M95 in Leo, 


            Paddy Gilliland

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