Scope: C8  f/6.3, Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA,   31 March 2011  Camera: ST8300M

Exposure:  12 x 8 min UV/IR Block Luminance (2x2 bin),  8 x 4 min RGB exposures (3x3 bin).

Processing: Images were captured with CCDSoft. Aligned/stacked and dark subtracted in Astroart ; Sigma Combine method was used for stacking subs.  All channels were scaled and equalized in Astroart.  Channels were co-registered in Astroart. G2V  factors  were applied to color channels in Astroart. Central Gradient removal was done in Astroart.  Level adjustments and curves were made on the Luminance data to bring out object features. Some Levels and Curves were selectively applied excluding the core area.  LRGB combine was done in Photoshop.    Sharpening was done on the luminance channel.  Final touches and color balance in Photoshop. Final Image size is approximately 1676x1266.

North is up in this image. M106 is an bright spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Canes Venatici. M106 has active star formation that can be seen in the red regions of the spiral arms. There are numerous more distant galaxies in this field - of the more prominent are NGC 4248 to the upper right on M106 and NGC 4231 and NGC 4232 a little further right. The distance of M106 to Earth is approximately 25  million light years. This image replaces and earlier image that can be seen in the Archives here.  Horizontal FOV is about 44'

Image Center approximately - Equatorial 2000: RA: 12h 18m 24.4s Dec: +4719'11"


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