Gary Imm

GaryI

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A backyard amateur astrophotographer enjoying retirement with my wife on beautiful Lake Livingston in Onalaska, Texas, about 90 minutes north of Houston.

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A barlense is an X-pattern (of an edge-on view) seen face-on. A barlense is a distinctive shape of a bright oval lens superimposed on a long, narrow, bright bar of similar brightness. The oval lens is about 1/2 the length of the bar. A bright core is always present and is about 1/4 the length of the oval lens. In comparison to a normal bar, the bar of a barlense is much brighter. Also, no oval lens is present in a standard bar.