NGC 2146
Starburst Galaxy in Camelopardalis

RA: 06h 18m Dec: +78 21' Mag: 11.3, Size: 5.5' x 3.2', Distance: 47 million(ly)

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   NGC 2146 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation of Camelopardalis. This peculiar galaxy with large arms and a large nuclear disk exhibits a warped tidal shape structure that is believed to be the result of a close encounter or merger with a companion galaxy approximately 800,000 years ago though no companion is visible today. This event is believed to be the cause for high starburst activity within the galaxy center as evident by the bright core. Starburst activity is when stars form at a much higher rate than those in normal galaxies.

Location & Date Backyard, Abbott Observatory - Dec. 23, Jan 7,9-10 2010
Temperature - Low 20's F
Telescope Deep Sky Instruments RC10C , F/7.3, Losmandy G11 Gemini, Prime Focus, Image scale 0.82 arcsec/pixel
Camera SBIG ST-2000XM w/CFW8, AO8
Baader LRGB AR Filters
CCD temp -15C
Exposure Times (L) 8x30 & 44x15 (R) 8x15 (G) 8x15 (B) 8x15 Minutes, Bin 1x1
Other Information Image planning - CCD Navigator
Image acquisition/focus/guiding/dither - CCD Autopilot4 w/CCDSoft/TheSky6/PinPoint
Image Processing * Images Plus 3.75- Calibration, Normalize, Grade, Alignment, Combine, Deconvolution, Mild DDP
* Adobe CS4 - L+RGB combine, Levels, Curves, Sharpening, Cropping, NR, JPEG conversion

© 2010 Michael A. Siniscalchi