NGC 3718- Galaxy in Ursa Major

NGC 3718 lies approximately 52 million light years away in the constallation of Ursa Major. It's peculiar shape is due to its itnteraction with the nearby spiral galaxy, NGC 3729 (a mere 150 thousand light years away from it).

The small group of five galaxies directly above NGC 3718 is Hickson 56. This group of interacting galaxies lies 400 million light years from us.


Telescope: TS-Optics 10in. f/5 Newtonian
Camera: Modified Canon 650D; ISO 1600
Mount: iOptron CEM60
Guiding: QHY-5L-II M on 60mm guide scope

18 @ 5 min.


Images were focused using camera's live view with a Bahtinov mask. The subframes were captured, aligned, and combined with ImagesPlus. The composite image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.


Shot from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 3/10/19.
Note: Seeing was average. Temperature: 20F

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