Hickson 44 Galaxy Cluster
Copyright 2011
Larry Phillips
Hickson 44 in the constellation Leo

Galaxy cluster made up of 4 galaxies. Just right of center is NGC 3190 with dark dust lane, NGC 3193 is below and right and is a diffused elliptical galaxy, NGC 3187 is below and left with an unusual shape, and NGC 3185 above and to the left. There are at least 5 others appearing very faint in the distant background. The two bright object at the bottom are foreground stars.

Distance: 60 million light years.
Size: Not available
Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 140 EDT F7.5
Mount: Losmandy G11 with Gemini Control with Advanced Telescope Systems portable pier
Images: 49 luminance, 15 red, 15 green, and 15 blue sub images @ 5 minutes each
                 for a total exposure time of 470 minutes or 7 hours 50 minutes.
Date: March 6 & 7, 2008
Software: Camera and guider control - MaximDL, calibration, stacking, & creation of
                 color image - CCDStack, further processing in Photoshop CS2.
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