NGC4438 and NGC4435, The Eyes, in Virgo

 

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Description: This pair of galaxies in the Virgo cluster of galaxies are severely disturbed by the interactions between each other and those in the neighborhood.  NGC4438 is the larger one and NGC4435 is the smaller, lenticular galaxy.
  
Exposure Data: 3/29/2004.  LRGB: 49x3m, 10x3m, 10x3m, 10x3m. RGB binned 2x2.
-20C, 0.59 arc-sec./pixel.
 
Processing: Acquired via Sequencer II and CCDSoft, reduced, aligned and combined in Mira, LRGB in Maxim, final combine, curves, levels and other processing in Photoshop.
 
Optical System: 14.5 Ritchey-Chretien RCOS Truss @ F/6.4, ST-10XME NABG/CFW-8A CCD camera, Paramount ME. AstroDon filters with IR-filtered L. Unguided and dithered 4 arc-sec.
 
Comments: 15 mph wind gusts resulted in a bit lower resolution.  Seeing was 3 arc-sec. and no sharpening was used.