(Click on image for full size inverted version)
|Description:||This fascinating galactic cluster is thought to
be approximately 1-1.5 billion light years distant. Many small, faint
galaxies are seen in this image. beyond identifiable galaxies down to
magnitude 18.7 there are many visible that are much fainter. North is
to the right.
|Exposure Data:||5/23-24/2006. 48 x 10 min binned 1x1.
-25°C, 0.58 arc-sec./pixel.
|Processing:||Acquired via CCDAutoPilot 3 and CCDSoft, reduced, aligned
and combined in CCDStack, curves, levels and other processing in Photoshop.
|Optical System:||14.5” Ritchey-Chretien @ F/9 w/FFC, IMG6303E/CFW-7 CCD
camera, AstroDon filters, Paramount
ME, dithered 3 pixels, off-axis guided.
|Comments:||This is probably the most distant object I have
imaged. The background is set high to preserve the faint objects.
Many objects were identified by image linking into TheSky6. Average
seeing was under 2.0 arc-sec. Click on
the inverted image, showing
more of the fainter galaxies.