NGC 3718 from BMV Observatories
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
NGC 3718
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NGC 3718 (Arp 214) is a warped spiral galaxy located 42 million light years from us in the constellation Ursa Major. The galaxy to the left is NGC 3729 and is close enough to interact with NGC 3718. They are both members of the Ursa Major group. The cluster of 5 galaxies at the lower right is Arp 322 or Hickson 56. They are much farther away at about 300 million light years.

Imaging data:
Date: Mar-Apr 2012
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion f/8 12.5 inch, FL 2540 mm
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee Alta U8300 L bin2 and RGB bin3
Guiding: SBIG ST 402 with On Axis Guider (ONAG)
Exposure: LRGB - L:83x8, R:25x8 min, G:29x6 min, B:24x8 min - Total 20.5 hrs

Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.