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NGC891 Edge On Galaxy

NGC891 Edge On Galaxy



DETAILS: Imaged with the 12.5" Truss RC on an ME Robotic Mount at f9 using an ST-10XME (SBIG) camera and AstroDon Tru-Balance parfocal filters in a CFW-8 filter wheel, and guided by an AO-7. Two and one half hours of Luminance binned one combined with 30 minutes each of binned two RGB combined in MaxIm DL, the layered with the Luminance in Photoshop CS. All individual frames and combined aligned in RegiStar. The Luminance was given 1 iteration of CCDSharp, and unsharp masking applied to the LRGB combine, along with other processing in Photoshop and plug-ins.

COMMENTARY: NGC 891 is an edge-on spiral galaxy located in the Constellation Andromeda at an approximate distance of 30 million light-years. It is rare to view a galaxy edge-on, and perhaps our own Milky Way would resemble this image from such a distance. The dark dust lane bisecting the galaxy is clearly visable, as is the nuclear bulge.

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