NGC253 - Galaxy in Sculptor

 
The Sculptor Galaxy, also known as the Silver Dollar Galaxy, is a starburst galaxy. This means that it is undergoing a period of rapid star formaiton. Seen nearly edge-on, it has huge amounts of interstellar dust.
   
Telescope: Takahashi FS-102 refractor @f/8
Camera: SBIG ST-402XE
Mount: Losmandy G11 w/Gemini
Guiding: STV w/250mm lens
Exposures: L: 12 @ 4 min. RGB: 5 @ 2 min.
Processing: Images were focused, captured, reduced and combined using CCDSoft. Deconvolution was done in AIP4WIN. The LRGB composite image was created in Photoshop and was adjusted using Levels, Curves, and Shadow/Highlight. Grain Surgery was applied for noise reduction.
Location: My backyard observatory in SE Minnesota. Temp: 37F.
 
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