NGC708 et al (The Fath) in Andromeda

 

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Description: In this image are NGC703, NGC704, NGC705, NGC708 (large elliptical galaxy in center), NGC709 and NGC710 (spiral in upper left).  The grouping, not including NGC710, is collectively known as "The Fath", source unknown.
 
Exposure Data: 9/29,30/2003.  LRGB: 15x10m, 3x10m, 3x10m, 3x10m.  RGB 2x2. -10C, 0.49 arc-sec./pixel.
 
Processing: Acquired via Sequencer II (dither 4) and CCDSoft, reduced and aligned, in Mira, Combined in Sigma, L 2x CCDSharp, RGB combine in Maxim, LRGB combine, curves, levels and other processing in Photoshop.
 
Optical System: 12.5 Ritchey-Chretien RCOS Truss @ F/9, ST-10XME NABG/CFW-8A CCD camera, Paramount ME.  AO7 guided
 
Comments: Average FWHM was 2.4 arc-sec., deconvolved to 1.8 arc-sec.  Up is SW.  The background is elevated a bit to bring out the faint details.