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NGC 4874 and Coma Cluster

Object : NGC 4874 galaxy and Coma Cluster
Coordinates/Direction : RA: 12h59m, DEC: +27o57'
Object size : ?' x ?'
Object magnitude : 12.7
More to know : Wikipedia: wiki/ NGC 4874 wiki/ Coma Cluster

NGC 4874 and its surrounding galaxies, 30x120 sec, 2023-04-19

NGC 4874 Galaxy, 2023 (Click on image and get one in full resolution in a new window)
Date : 2023-04-19
Time (UT) : 21:05 to 23:13
Mount : Skywatcher HEQ5, HEQ5 mount project
Guide system: Astroberry, in dithering mode, Guide telescope 200 mm f/3.5, camera QHY5
Lens/telescope : Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4.0, Pentax 645 300 mm project
Field : 6.9 x 4.6 degrees (at full frame)
Filter : none
Camera : Canon EOS 6D, camera temperature 11 degree Celsius
Control system : Raspberry / Astroberry, with GPS
Exp. time : 30x120 seconds at ISO1600, with every 3rd dithered
Image process tool : Siril, Gimp, Irfanview
Processing : cal dark, flat
Weather : clear sky, no Moon, temperature +2 degrees Celsius
Site : Sweden, Stockholm, Björnö Nature reservation. Bortle class 4
Comment : The last astrophoto of this season, I concentrate me on clusters. This is the Coma Cluster centered around the very big elliptic galaxy NGC 4874. Watch the full resolution photo with all the objects marked from NGC 4874 plate solved. There are more than 1000 galaxies in the Coma Cluster, many of them in this photo.

This photo has some bright stars, with 120 seconds exposures there is a risk that they get over saturated. I took an alternative with shorter exposures but more of them, same total exposure time. one hour. I have tried to process both images exactly the same. NGC 4874 60x60 sec Opens in a new window at full resolution. Can anyone see some difference, in the background or at bright stars ? I get the feeling that the bright stars looks better but the background has less details.

I process almost all my astrophotos to get a feeling how it looks visual, not any heavy increase of contrast. My friend David told me that's a feeling he too get when doing visual observation in his mammoth Dobson.

Crop around NGC 4874, 2023-04-19

NGC 4874 Galaxy, 2023
Date : 2023-04-19
Field (FOV) : Cropped to 1x1 degree
Comment : Below the bright stars is the NGC 4874 galaxy which is a very big elliptic galaxy, but at a distance of 360 million light years it still give a very tiny look. I have noticed that after I started to calibrate the color of my astrophotos with known spectra from stars I get some green tint of weak galaxies. Maybe okay because I can see that in professional photos sometimes too. Something to investigate in the future.
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