M33 - Spiral Galaxy In Triangulum

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Subject Notes:
This type Sc spiral galaxy is approx. 2.3 million light years away, and is a member of the "Local Group" of galaxies. The total light of this galaxy is equal to a star of magnitude 5.3, but it is about 1 degree in diameter so it has a relatively low surface brightness.

Imaging Details:
Imaging Date:   August 31st, 2002 and September 13th, 2002
Imaging Site:   Kirkland, WA USA
Seeing Conditions:   Excellent
Telescope:   Takahahsi FSQ-106N @ F8 (850mm)
Imaging Camera:   ST-10XME w/CFW-8A
Mount & Guiding:   Losmandy G-11 with Gemini Goto. Guided with STV on Takahashi FS-60C
Exposure:   Red = 7x300sec + 11x200sec, Green = 8x300sec + 11x200sec, Blue = 8x480sec + 11x320sec
Processing Notes:   MaxIm DL/CCD - Dark subtracted, median & color combined.
Photoshop - Curves, color balance, mask created for color gradients created by moonlight and light pollution.

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