Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
This image shows 3 interacting galaxies approximately 90 million light-years away, in the
constellation of Virgo. NGC 5566 is a large galaxy, about 150,000 light-years across, and it is
the biggest in the image to the left. Just below it lies smaller NGC 5569. To the right center is
NGC 5560, which is somewhat stretched by gravitational interaction. This group is also
known as Arp 286.
Date: May 1-6, 2013
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion f/8 12.5 inch, FL 2540 mm
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee Alta U8300, guiding by On Axis Guider (ONAG) with an ST402
Exposure: LRGB: L:22x10 min R:13x8 min, G:10x5 min, B:15x10 min, Total= 8.7 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.