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NGC3718 / ARP214

Classification: Spiral Galaxy
Constellation: Ursa Major (UMA)
Object Location: Ra 11h 33m 26s Dec +52° 58’49” (current)
Size & Distance: 8.1 x 4.0 Apx 52 Million light years.

Date & Location: 02-13-2015 Little Blair Valley, CA.
Exposure: LRGB; 60, 40, 40, 40, L-15m, RGB-10m. (bin 1x1)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO180FL @ f/7.36 using an Astro-Physics 160FF, F/L 1325mm.
Mount: Astro-Physics 1200 GTO / ATS 10x36 pier.
Camera: FLI-MLx694 @-20c / CFW2-7 / FLI-Atlas focuser / Guided by SBIG ST-I / w OAG.
Filters: Astrodon G2 LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 6.07, Photoshop CS5, CCDStack 2.82, Topaz Labs.

Notes: Sky conditions: Poor seeing, No wind, Temp 40°
Image Field of view is 26 x 32.4 arcmin.

NGC 3718, Arp 214, is a highly disturbed galaxy that astronomers originally thought to be a Lenticular Galaxy. However later images showed two faint extensions that emerged from the envelope on opposite sides showing that it is most likely a Barred spiral galaxy. NGC3729 is to the right, and a small cluster of galaxies above.