Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Pisces (Psc)  ·  Contains:  NGC 660  ·  NGC660
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NGC 660 | A Hostile Merger, 


            Kevin Morefield
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NGC 660 | A Hostile Merger

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Planewave CDK14

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY600M  ·  SBIG STX 16803

Mounts: Paramount ME II  ·  Planewave L-350

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Planewave CDK14

Guiding cameras: Starlight Express UltraStar Mono

Software: CCDWare CCDStack 2  ·  CCDWare CCDAutoPilot 5  ·  Adobe Photoship CC

Filters: Astrodon Blue  ·  Green  ·  Red  ·  Luminance

Dates:Aug. 23, 2020

Frames: 113x600"

Integration: 18.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 4.94 days

Avg. Moon phase: 25.17%

Astrometry.net job: 3799194

RA center: 1h 43' 2"

DEC center: +13° 38' 55"

Pixel scale: 0.609 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -47.064 degrees

Field radius: 0.205 degrees

Resolution: 1927x1477

Locations: Sierra Remote Observatory, Auberry, California, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Sierra Remote Observatories


NGC 660 displays an interesting "polar" ring that is inclined 45 degrees rather then circumpolar. It's morphology is believed to a due to a billion year old collision, but it remains active today. Just 8 years ago it emitted an outburst some 10 times that of a supernova. This may have emanated from its central black hole. I do which I was imaging in 2012!

The data here was captured with the STX 16803 CCD but I needed to augment that with additional data from this month. That was captured with the QHY600m.

I registered the data in PI to one of the QHY subs. Channel masters were created in PI and the RGB data was combined in CCDStack. The galaxy core was sharpened in CCDstack. Noise reduction via Topaz Denoise AI and PS reduce noise.



    NGC 660 | A Hostile Merger, 


            Kevin Morefield
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    NGC 660 | A Hostile Merger, 


            Kevin Morefield


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NGC 660 | A Hostile Merger, 


            Kevin Morefield