M86 Galaxy Group in Virgo / Coma Berenices


Scope: ST80 f/2.5; Location: Culp Valley Anza Borrego Desert, CA; 13 Mar. 2004; Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 20 x 40 sec Luminance exposures with Baader IR Block Filter; 8 x 60 sec RGB 

Processing: Images were captured in K3CCDTools. Aligned/stacked in Registax and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in Astroart. Channels were co-registered in Astroart. Luminance and Color FITS were combined in Photoshop with Luminance Layering. Color balancing and final touches in Photoshop. SGBNR was used to smooth background noise on the luminance channel and the final result.

This image was taken with fairly good conditions at a dark site. This was a fun image and my first intentional attempt to capture multiple galaxies. There are 14 recognizable galaxies in this image (magnitude 15 or brighter) and probably evidence of up to 7 more. The 2 prominent galaxies are M86 and M84.  Horizontal FOV is 80'


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