Hickson Compact Group 44

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About this Image

The Hickson Compact Group 44 in Leo includes the dusty NGC 3190, the S shaped barred NGC 3187, the ellyptical NGC 3193, the spiral NGC 3185 to the bottom left side and a lot of fainter background galaxies. Situated at a distance of about 60 million light years these galaxies are gravitationally bound and show signs of interaction like warped disks.

North is right


Technical Details


16" cassegrain in secondary focus at f/10

Mount MK-100 GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -25C, internal filter wheel
Filters Astronomik LRGB
Date Apr 02-18, 2005.
Location Wildon/Austria
Sky Conditions mag 5 sky, L: raw FWHM 1.8-2", temperature 5-10 C
Exposure L:R:G:B = 130:30:30:30 minutes (10-minute sub-exposures),
Processing Image aquisition in Maxim, image calibration, aligning, DDP in ImagesPlus; color balance, curves, unsharp mask, crop in Photoshop; Noise reduction by Neatimage;