The Virgo-Coma Berenices Galaxy Cluster

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This is the Virgo/Coma galaxy cluster, located on the border of the constellations Virgo and Coma Berenices. It is about 60 million light years distant.

There are dozens of galaxies visible in this photo, although they are hard to identify at this relatively short focal length. Move your mouse over the image to see a star chart of the same part of the sky. The numbers on the star chart are NGC numbers, down to mag. 12.5.

Date: May 3, 2003
Exposure: 60 minutes
Lens: 200mm f/8, mounted piggyback on 10" LX-200
Guiding: SBIG STV
Camera: Olympus OM-1
Film: Kodak Supra 400 (non-starburst)
Scanned: Hewlett Packard S20
Processing: Adjusted curves in Adobe Photoshop 6.
Ambient conditions: 40 F, 62% R.H., very windy

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