NGC3718- Galaxy in Ursa Major

NGC3718
   
Telescope: Orion 120ED w/ William Optics reducer (operating at f/6)
Camera: Atik 16-HR w/ Astronomik filters
Mount: Losmandy G11 w/Gemini
Guiding: 300mm lens attached Orion SSAG.
Exposures:

L: 15 @ 5 min.; R: 6 @ 240 sec.; G: 6 @ 230 sec.; B:6 @ 300 sec. (all binned 2x2)

Processing:

Images were focused, acquired, reduced, and combined in MaxImDL. The Luminance and RGB image were aligned with RegiStar and combined in Photoshop CS2. The composite image was slightly cropped and adjusted (Curves, Levels,Shadows/Highlight). Stars were shrunk using minimum filter after selecting around them. Finally, Grain Surgery was applied to reduce noise.

Notes:

Shot from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota. This galaxy is considered "peculiar" and is also listed in the Arp catalog. The spiral galaxy in the field is NGC3729, one of NGC3718's neighbors.
Note: Seeing was average; humidity was high. Temperature: 50F

   
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