Spiral Galaxy NGC 3718


NGC 3718 is a highly disturbed galaxy in Ursa Major. Astronomers originally thought that NGC 3718 was a Lenticular Galaxy. However later photos showed two faint extensions that emerge from the envelope on opposite sides of the periphery, showing that it is most likely a spiral galaxy.  The distance to NGC 3718 is roughly 52 Million Light Years.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron De-forked CPC 1100 Edge
Imaging cameras: Atik 4000
Mounts: Tak EM200 Temma 2
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron De-forked CPC 1100 Edge
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar2
Filters: Baader RGB
Resolution: 982×996
Dates: April 23, 2015
Frames: 63×300″
Integration: 5.2 hours
Avg. Moon age: 4.52 days
Avg. Moon phase: 21.43%
RA center: 173.270 degrees
DEC center: 53.055 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.080 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 5.377 degrees
Field radius: 0.210 degrees
Author: cfpendock

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