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Location of Photo:

Julian, CA

Date/Time of photo:

June 1-8, 2021


Planewave CDK24, L600.


My third and final object for the June dark cycle with skies at 21.5+ SQM. This object was a particular challenge because I could only capture it from 9:30 to 11:30 PM. After that is was too low to get the 2" average FWHM I was aiming for. Because I could only capture 2 hours each evening, it took over a week to get what you see here. But I think it was worth it. (-: "NGC 3718, also called Arp 214, is a galaxy located approximately 52 million light years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. It is either a lenticular or spiral galaxy. NGC 3718 has a warped, s-shape. This may be due to gravitational interaction between it and NGC 3729, another spiral galaxy located 150,000 light-years away."