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NGC 5033 and NGC 5005 are the two large spiral galaxies in this image. The smaller galaxies below them are (left to right), PGC 45927 (magnitude 13.8), NGC 5014 (magnitude 12.7), and NGC 5002 (magnitude 13.8)
Equipment:Vixen 102-ED/TS Optics field flattener/STL-11000M/Astrodon LRGB filters/Paramount ME
Exposures: LRGB: L 12 x 10 minutes: R 13 x 10 minutes: G 15 x 10 minutes: B 15 x 10 minutes: RGB binned 2x2
Date: May 20-22 and 26, 2011
Location: Landers, California, USA
Technical Notes: Individual exposures were dithered using CCDAutoPilot2 and then sigma combined. The RGB image was created in Registar 1.0. Reduce Noise and Gaussian Blur were applied to the RGB image and to the dim portions of the luminance image. A high-pass filter with a radius of 4 pixels was selectively applied to a copy of the luminance image. The RGB image was duplicted and blended with the original using Soft Light to enhance color saturation.