This image was produced between September 28- November 7, 2005 with a RCOS half meter telescope and SBIG STL-11000 camera.
Exposure times: 315 minutes Luminance, 90 minutes Red, 54 minutes Green and 144 minutes Blue (All 1X1)

The Silver Dollar Galaxy (NGC 253) in Sculptor

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Many Thanks to Give

Here in the United States, the last Thursday of November is a day for reflection and gratitude. So, it occurred to me, that I have many thanks to give. I extend my appreciation to each astrophotographer and your unselfish donation of resources, time and skill poured affectionately into each deep space image. Each picture you produce uncovers new mysteries, touches my sense of wonder and stirs my imagination. While no single image may reveal the whole truth, the truth becomes apparent when your works are considered as a whole. Like a choir, each voice combines and forms a poignant harmony with the stars. Each one of you therefore adds important information to the equation and together, in the tradition of other volunteers, enrich the world at large and me, especially so!

So, now, please permit me to share with you the image above as a further token of my well wishes...

Like a great galactic battleship bristling with artillery, my latest subject cruised into view on sky patrol last month. I've always had a fascination with things that are nautical by nature, and was struck that I could even see this lead ship of the southern fleet. Please come dockside and take a look- oh yes, and Welcome Aboard!

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