This beautiful 12.7 magnitude barred spiral galaxy occupies a position near Castor and Pollux in the evening winter sky. This galaxy boasts an oval shaped yellow core, and bluish winding arms with a few HII regions in the lower arm visible. Low surface brightness extensions can be seen off each end. The size is 2.3' x 1.3'. The dim galaxies in the image were not cataloged.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian CCD Camera: SBIG237 Exposure: LRGB = 60:20:20:24 (RGB Binned 2x2) Filters: RGB Tricolor Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 35 F CCD Temperature: -20 F Processing: Maxim DL, Photoshop, PW Pro.