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Galaxy NGC 4945: This bright edge-on spiral galaxy belongs to the same group of galaxies as M83 and Centaurus A. It is thought to have many similarities to our Milky Way as e.g. the deep dust lanes. It is classified also as a so called Seyfert galaxy which means that it has a very active core with a super massive Black Hole in its center.

The image was taken at the IAS astronomical site at the Hakos farm in Namibia.

Object Galaxy NGC 4945
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 4945
Constellation Centaurus
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/9 in corrected secondary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 3 x 10min L, 3 x 5min(bin 2x2) each Astrodon LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, CCDStack, Photoshop. Color Code L,R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 17 Apr 2010
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