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Contains:  IC 4277, M 51, NGC 5194, NGC 5195, Whirlpool Galaxy
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Two Galaxies Doing the Tango 23 Million Lightyears Away

Technical card

Dates:May 31, 2020

astrodon Lumianance 50mm: 145x180" bin 1x1
astrodon RGB 50mm: 139x300" bin 1x1

Integration: 18.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 8.85 days

Avg. Moon phase: 65.38%

Basic astrometry details job: 3569500

RA center: 13h 29' 50"

DEC center: +47° 13' 33"

Pixel scale: 0.405 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 180.125 degrees

Field radius: 0.259 degrees

Resolution: 3250x3250

Locations: Villa Stellarum, Austin, Texas, None

Data source: Backyard


Captured over the months of March, April, and May which had only a few scattered clear nights, the LRGB image has over 18 hours of data. Being new to the art, I have tried to resist the urge for the flamboyant and grandiose which tends to creep into my image processing sessions and endeavored to try let the data lead to a more natural and pleasing result. For those more experience, my ears are always open to creative criticism, and dialogues on the aesthetics. I hope you enjoy the image.



Don Elledge
License: None (All rights reserved)

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Two Galaxies Doing the Tango 23 Million Lightyears Away, 


            Don Elledge