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Circinus Galaxy: This Spiral Galaxy in a distance of only 15 Mio LY was not discovered until 36 years ago. It is obscured by a dense star field and dust in the plane of Milky Way. It seems to be a very active galaxy, ejecting gas out of its core, which is believed to harbour a super massive Black Hole.

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

Object Circinus Galaxy
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation Circinus Galaxy
Constellation Circinus
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 5min (bin2x2) each Baader LRGB filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing Maxim DL5, CCD Stack, Photoshop. Color Code L,R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 6 Apr 2011
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