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Tidal tail in the Triplet

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Taken with guests Scott Findlay and Jonathan Briggs (Scott manned the capture) this used the double Tak 106/Atik 11000 to catch 12 hours of Lum (30 min subs) and 9 hours of RGB in 10 minute subs. This was done in two full nights and the tail end of another.

The galaxy cores come from an older image in the TEC140/Atik 11000 with more resolution.


Lots of data but the sky wasn't perfect and flattening the linear data proved to be really hard. You can't 'pop' the tidal tail until you have the image well flattened.


The tail is 300,000 lightyears long and contains starforming regions. Makes you think!!






Bigger (click on it for fullsize)  http://ollypenrice.smugmug.com/Other/Best-of-Les-Granges/i-KXg8ChM/0/O/Triplet%20Tidal%20Tail%20FinLHE.jpg

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Superb image Olly, Scott and Jonathan.


Lots of data but it really does make a difference - the dual set-up is certainly getting some use

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