NGC 3953 - Barred spiral galaxy in Ursa Major         (image above is reduced-size crop | other sizes:  medium , original)

Distance:  55 million light years

Telescope Takahashi TOA-130F @ f/7.7
Mount Takahashi EM200 Temma II
Camera QSI 540wsg @ -15C
Filters Astrodon Tru-Balance I-Series LRGB Gen 2
Guider SX Lodestar
Settings 7x15min L (bin1x1); 4x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); AstroArt5, CS4 (cropped, 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias)

28 March 2014 - Las Cruces, NM

Published by One Minute Astronomer, 12 Jun 14.

One of my favorite galaxies to image - but, a challenge as NGC 3953 is still a relatively small object for this focal length (1000mm). The "original" (uncropped) version shows lots of other more distant galaxies. Seeing was only slightly above average on this night, unfortunately.

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