Spiral Galaxy in Leo

Uploaded 4/16/2001

This 10.5 magnitude Sc spiral is one of the most interesting galaxies in the sky. Note the dark dust lane on the right becomes a bright ridge of a spiral arm. The area around the nucleus is laden with dust as well with small dark clouds next to the very core. Seeing was choppy, but a surpising amount of detail could be recorded.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
CCD Camera:  SBIG ST7E
Exposure:  LRGB = 60:20:20:20 (RGB Binned 2x2)
Filters:  RGB Tricolor
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing 4/10, Transparency 4/10
Outside Temperature:  40 F
CCD Temperature:  -20 F
Processing:  Maxim DL, Photoshop, PW Pro.

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