NGC 3521 from BMV Observatories
NGC 3521 is a magnitude 8.9 galaxy in the constellation of Leo and is located at a distance of about 35 million light years.

This has long been one of my favorite galaxies and I am pleased with the color and detail that I have been able to capture. This guy is sometimes overlooked in favor of its neighbors M65, M66, and NGC 3628. I think it looks a lot like M63, the Sunflower galaxy, although it is seen at a different angle.

Date: Mar 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: 12x6 minutes unbinned; RGB: 8 each binned 2x2 - 5 min for R,G, and 7 min for B.
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
NGC 3521
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