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Merging Galaxies NGC 2207, IC 2163: These two Spiral Galaxies (NGC 2207 to the right) are in the process of merging into one big Elliptical Galaxy. The merger will  probably be complete in about 1 billion years. The galaxies are in a distance of 80 mio LY in the constellation of Canis Major.

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

Object Merging Galaxies NGC 2207, IC 2163
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation NGC 2207
Constellation Canis Major
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 5m (2x2 bin) 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, Photoshop. Color Code L,R,G,B
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 6 Apr 2011
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