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NGC2146 is a heavily perturbed galaxy, sometimes referred to as the "Dusty Hand" from optical observations, positioned in the direction of the Constellation Camelopardalis at an approximate distance of 47 Million Light-Years. It is a peculiar galaxy, a strong radio source, and is possibly interacting with the NGC2146A, 18 arc-minutes away. It is also classified as a starburst galaxy with prolific generation of new blue stars, giving the galaxy a distinct blue appearance, with a star forming rate about twice that of M82. It is emmersed in an extended HII structure indicating a possible strong tidal interaction with a former companion, most likely destroyed in a merger. Optical data suggests the presence of a strong, starburst driven superwind. Along the right quadrant of the galaxy just below the 3 o'clock position are two distinct features, one a bubble, possibly generated by a superwind, and two, a bright bar, possibly resulting from some sort of outflow from the turbulent core region. Object: NGC2146, Dusty Hand Galaxy Distance: 47 Million Light-Years Magnitude: 12.8 Date: December 2009 Place: Fort Davis, TX Exposure Details: LRGB:730:160:180:270 unbinned Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDInspector, CCDStack, RegiStar, Photoshop CS3, etc. Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss Focal Length: 2808mm @ f9 Mount: Paramount ME Robotic GEM Camera: SBIG STL6303E Focuser: RCOS Guiding: Off-Axis using SBIG Guide Camera Filters: LRGB Tru-Balance Gen II 2"

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