IC 342
Spiral Galaxy in Camelopardalis

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  IC 342 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Camelopardalis. It's position near the galactic plane causes it to be obscure by galactic dust and gas making it diffucult to image. This galaxy is a member of the IC342-Maffei group of galaxies. This galaxy group is near our group known as the Local Group and is suggested this close proximity may have influenced each others evolution during the early stages of galaxy formations. Distance from our planet is esitmated to be between 6 to 14 million light years.

Location & Date Backyard, Abbott Observatory - Oct 3-4, 2008
Temperature - Low 30's F
Telescope TMB 130SS Refractor, F/7 on a Losmandy G11, Prime Focus, Image scale 1.68 arcsec/pixel
Camera SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW8, AO8
Astrodon Tru Balance LRGB Filters
CCD temp -15C
Exposure Times (L) 17 X 10, (R) 10x10, (G) 6x10,(B) 17x10 Minutes, Bin 1x1
Other Information Image acquisition/focus/guiding/dither - CCD Autopilot w/CCDSoft
Focus - Moonlite Motorfocus w/FocusMax
Image Processing * Images Plus 3.75 beta 3- Calibration, Grading, Normalize, Alignment, Mix Max Excluded Average Combine, R/L deconvolution, N/R, mild DDP
* Adobe CS - L+RGB combine, Levels, Curves, Sharpening, Cropping, NR, JPEG conversion

© 2008 Michael A. Siniscalchi