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Image of the Week, January 24, 2016

Alvaro Perez NGC7497NGC7497 + MBM 54, by Álvaro Ibáñez Pérez

The ~60-million light year distant spiral galaxy NGC7497 lies behind the diffuse molecular cloud in our own Milky Way galaxy, known as MBM 54. The nearby starlight dimly reflects off this material in our galaxy to create the beautiful and “ghostly” shapes seen here, and captured by Spanish astrophotographer Álvaro Ibáñez Pérez.

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Information source: Wikipedia, APOD

Acquisition details:

Telescopio: Refractor TS115 Triplet APO
Reductor: TS Optics 0,79x
Montura: NEQ6 Pro II Tuning Belts + EQMOD
Cámara: CCD Atik 460EX mono + Baader LRGB + IDAS LPS en el color
Guiado: Lunático EZG-60 + SXLodestar
Enfoque: RoboFocus + FocusMax
Adquisición: MaximDL
Procesado y apilado: PixInsight

Luminance in Navas de Estena, Spain, and RGB in Las Inviernas, Spain.

L: 38x600s bin1, -10ºC
R: 15x600s bin2, -10ºC
G: 9x600s bin2, -10ºC
B: 6x600s bin2, -10ºC

About the photographer:

Álvaro Ibáñez Pérez
Location: Spain
WebsiteTwitter, Flickr

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