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NGC2685, also known as the Helix Galaxy, or sometimes referred to as a Polar Ring Galaxy, is a very peculiar galaxy approximately 40 million light years distant in the Constellation Ursa Major. It is a lenticular galaxy with numerous rings of gas, dust and stars circling the minor axis. It has probably been disturbed in the past by a passing galaxy, or orbiting one and absorbed the rings of material now circling it. Date Imaged: March 2008 Place: Ft. Davis, TX Exposure: LRGB: 300:180:180:180, all unbinned Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, and PSCS3 Optics: 12.5" RCOS Truss Focal Length 2808mm @ f9 Mount: Paramount ME Camera: STL6303E Guiding: OAG with guide camera Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB

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