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NGC253 Sculptor Galaxy

NGC253 Sculptor Galaxy

Object: Sculptor Galaxy
Distance: 13 Million Light Years
Magnitude: 7.1

Commentary: The Sculptor Galaxy is a bright and beautiful spiral galaxy obliquely oriented to our line of sight, and is a member of the Sculptor Group of galaxies toward the South Pole. This group is also though to be nearest to the Local Group of galaxies. It was first discovered by Caroline Herschel in 1783.

Date Imaged: November 2007
Location: Ft. Davis, TX

Exposure Details: 6 hours of Luminance combined with 2 hours each of RGB using CCDSoft, Registar, Photoshop CS3, and MaxIm DL

Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss
Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: STL6303E
Focuser: RCOS
Guiding: OAG with guide camera
Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB 2"

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