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November 6,7 and 8 2018
Planewave CDK24 with FLI Proline 16803
IC 342 is a challenging target. Although it's bright, the galaxy sits near the equator of the Milky Way's galactic disk, where the sky is thick with glowing cosmic gas, bright stars, and dark, obscuring dust. In order to see the intricate spiral structure of IC 342, you must gaze through a large amount of material contained within our own galaxy—no easy feat! As a result IC 342 is relatively difficult to spot and image, giving rise to its intriguing nickname: the "Hidden Galaxy." Located very close to the Milky Way at 10.7 million light years distant from Earth, this sweeping spiral galaxy would be among the brightest in the sky were it not for its dust-obscured location. The galaxy is very active, as indicated by the range of colors.