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The Antennae Galaxies

May 3, 2017

 

This is the only astro-image I was able to captrure this year. Hoping for better conditions! The Antennae galaxies are a perfect example of what a galaxy collision looks like. There is a lot of starburst activity happening, where new stars are born out of clouds of gas. Some of that material is ejected into space, giving the appearance of a bug and its antennae.

 

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NGC 4038-4039

Imaging telescope: AT12 RC astrograph f/8
Imaging camera: QHY9M CCD
Filters: Orion 2'' RGB
Mount: AP900 GTO
Other: Meade DSI guider, Robofocus
Software: CCD Commander, Maxim DL, Photoshop CC 2014, Pixinsight 1.8

Date: L,R,G: Mar 4,5,  B: Apr 25, 2017
Exposure: RGB:6x900'', L: 10X900'' each, bin1
Total integration 5.5 hours
Location: Asteria remote observatory, Hocking Hills, Ohio, US

 

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