NGC 3079 from BMV Observatories
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
NGC 3079
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NGC 3079 is a mag 10.8 (visual) edge-on galaxy in Ursa Major. It is estimated at 50 million light years distance. The smaller spiral galaxy PCG28990 is visible in the far left middle, at mag 16.2, and is .6 x .4 arc minutes in size.

This galaxy has been studied by the Hubble and other space telescopes because of the unusual amount of activity in the central area. A burst of star formation is creating tremendous stellar winds and accellerating particles and gas to many thousands of light years above (and beneath) the plane of the galaxy.

Imaging data:
Date: Mar 23-24 2008
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Meade LX200R 12 inch at f/10
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: SBIG ST-8XME / CFW-8
Guiding: ST-8XME integral guiding chip controlled by Maxim CCD
Exposure: LRGB: Luminance: 11x10 minutes unbinned; RGB: 8 each binned 2x2 - 8 min for R,G, and 9 min for B.
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL and subsequent processing with Photoshop.