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NGC 2683 - UFO Galaxy

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NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Lynx, approximately 20 million light years from Earth. Nicknamed the UFO Galaxy due to its edge on appearance, the galaxy is both smaller and dimmer than our own Milky Way. The galaxy presented a challenge, as it is only 9.3 x 2.2 arcminutes in apparent size and has a low surface brightness. Light pollution also added to the processing challenge - this galaxy is to our North, the worst part of our sky.

This image was taken over the course of a week using our 400mm and 600mm telescopes. This is the first image we have taken using Starkeeper Software's Voyager, state-of-the-art system automation and image capture software developed by our friend Leonardo Orazi. The image comprises 420 individual exposures using L, R, G and B filters. Image processing in PixInsight and Photoshop.

Object details

Galaxy in Lynx

Right Ascension: 08h 52m 41.3s

Declination: +33° 25′ 19″

Magnitude: 10.6

Moon Age Average: 16.02 days

Moon Phase Average: 5.99 %

Imaging Setup

Location:

SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Date:
Jan 12, 2018, Jan 13, 2018, Jan 16, 2018 and Jan 18, 2018
Telescope:
Officina Stellare RiLA 600
Focal Length:
3000 mm
F-Ratio:
F/5
Mount:
Paramount Taurus 600
Camera:
FLI PL 16803
Image Scale:
0.62 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:

Voyager

Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8


Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
L Astrodon 1x 140 360


Imaging Setup

Location:

SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Date:
Jan 17, 2018, Jan 18, 2018 and Jan 19, 2018
Telescope:
Officina Stellare RiFAST 400
Focal Length:
1520 mm
F-Ratio:
F/3.8
Mount:
Paramount Taurus 400
Camera:
FLI ML 16200
Image Scale:
0.81 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:

Voyager

Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8


Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
L Baader 1x 61 200
R Baader 1x 71 180
G Baader 1x 45 180
G Baader 1x 25 250
G Baader 1x 10 150
B Baader 1x 25 150
B Baader 1x 43 180


Total Exposure Time

28 hours, 32 minutes

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