Edge on Galaxy in Coma Bernices

Uploaded 4/8/2001

This highly structured galaxy is known as the "Whale" by its bloated appearance. The above image was guided with the SBIG ST-4 Autoguider, and was made by combining a one hour exposure with gas hypered 2415 black and white film with two 45 minute exposures on Kodak PJ400 color film in the LAB enviornment in Adobe Photoshop.

Instrument:  12.5" f/5 Home made Newtonian
Camera:  Pentax K1000, Auto guided with ST-4
Exposure:  LRGB = Luminosity 60 minutes on Hypered 2415, RGB derived from two 45 min exposures on PJ400
Location:  Payson, Arizona
Elevation:  5150 ft.
Sky:  Seeing 8/10, Transparency 8/10
Outside Temperature:  35 F
Processing:  Photoshop, PW Pro.

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