Image Acquisition Information
Telescope: 16" RCOS Richey Chretien Telescope (ion milled at 6/9)
Camera: SBIG STL-6303 M
Guiding: SBIG AOL, Astrodon MOAG AOG (SBIG 237
Filters: Astrodon Ha, SII, OIII
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Acquisition Programs: The Sky,CCDAutopliot III, CCD Soft.
Processing Programs: CCDStack, Maxim DL, Photoshop
Date: May 31-June 11, 2008
Time: 18x20 min ( 6
hours) each for each of L, R, G, B and H-alpha:
24 hours of imaging time .
Processing: CCD Stack and PhotoShop CS/3
Image Infornmation: NGC 4490,
also called the "Cocoon Galaxy" is made up of two galaxies (the larger, NGC 4490 and the smaller, NGC 4485), with the smaller
(upper left) intereacting with the larger galaxy. The larger galaxy has lost it's spiral structure (assuming it was
ever present) whereas the smaller one has faint spiral outlines. These galaxies are about 46 million light years away. A
supernova was found in 2008 (the white star 3/4 of the way down the larger galaxy, see the UCB Site ). While I was processing this image I noticed the star was NOT on other images I had seen and will admit my
heart skipped a beat. Then I ran a search and found it was first noticed in March of 2008. At least I noticed
Additional Comments: Image processing with CCDStack, producing an RGB. The RGB and Luminance images were combined in Photoshop
CS/3 (twice, first using soft light option with differently processed luminance images). The H-alpha data
ws pseudocolorized and combined (soft light) with the LRGB image. Further data stretching, high pass filtering and background
smoothing (Kodac Gem) performed with Adobe Photoshop CS/3.