NGC5033 - Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici

NGC 5033 lies approximately 50 million light years from Earth. It is classified as a Seyfert Galaxy. This refers to its extremely active galactic core that produces spectral lines of highly ionized gas. The high level of activity is believed to be caused by a massive black hole in the galaxy's nucleus. The spiral arms are somewhat lose and asymetrical. This is likely caused by past interaction with a nearby galaxy (NGC 5005).  
Telescope: Orion 10 in. f/4.7 Newtonian w/ Baader coma corrector
Camera: Modified Canon 550D; ISO 1600; raw capture; custom white balance
Mount: Losmandy G11 w/Gemini
Guiding: Orion SSAG on Lumicon 50mm finder scope
Exposures:

34 @ 3 min.

Notes:

Images were focused using Live View. They were converted to tiff files using Canon's Digital Photo Professional. They were then reduced, aligned, and combined in ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce noise.
Shot from by backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota. Temp: 70F Humidity 60%

   
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