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NGC 2146, 


            Tom Harrison
NGC 2146

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:RCOS 12.5" Truss

Imaging camera:SBIG STL6303e

Mount:Paramount ME

Guiding telescope or lens:RCOS 12.5" Truss

Guiding camera:SBIG STL6303e

Software:Maxim DL

Filter:Astrodon Tru-Balance Generation 2

Accessories:PIROff-Axis Guider Homeyer

Resolution: 2469x1596

Dates:Dec. 9, 2009

Frames: 134x600"

Integration: 22.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 22.66 days

Avg. Moon phase: 44.59% job: 104354

RA center: 94.676 degrees

DEC center: 78.357 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.647 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -115.208 degrees

Field radius: 0.264 degrees

Locations: Texas, None; Fort Davis, None


NGC2146 is a heavily perturbed galaxy, sometimes referred to as the "Dusty Hand" from optical observations, positioned in the direction of the Constellation Camelopardalis at an approximate distance of 47 Million Light-Years. It is a peculiar galaxy, a strong radio source, and is possibly interacting with the NGC2146A, 18 arc-minutes away. It is also classified as a starburst galaxy with prolific generation of new blue stars, giving the galaxy a distinct blue appearance, with a star forming rate about twice that of M82. It is emmersed in an extended HII structure indicating a possible strong tidal interaction with a former companion, most likely destroyed in a merger. Optical data suggests the presence of a strong, starburst driven superwind. Along the right quadrant of the galaxy just below the 3 o'clock position are two distinct features, one a bubble, possibly generated by a superwind, and two, a bright bar, possibly resulting from some sort of outflow from the turbulent core region.

Object: NGC2146, Dusty Hand Galaxy
Distance: 47 Million Light-Years
Magnitude: 12.8
Date: December 2009
Place: Fort Davis, TX
Exposure Details: LRGB:730:160:180:270 unbinned

Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDInspector, CCDStack, RegiStar, Photoshop CS3, etc.

Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss
Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9
Mount: Paramount ME Robotic GEM
Camera: SBIG STL6303E
Focuser: RCOS
Guiding: Off-Axis using SBIG Guide Camera
Filters: LRGB Tru-Balance Gen II 2



Tom Harrison
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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NGC 2146, 


            Tom Harrison