Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
IC 342 Cam 03h47m / +6806' 21.4' x 20.9' 9.1mag

The spiral galaxy IC 342 (IC = Index Catalogue, an update to the NGC catalogue) in the constellation Camelopardalis on November 8 / 9, 2015. The galaxy is approximately 11 million light years from Earth and was discovered by British astronomer William Frederick Denning in 1895.

The light of IC 342 has to cross the dusty equator plane of our Milky Way in order to reach Earth. Thus, IC 342 appears fainter and "redder" than it actually is. (source: Wikipedia)

Fourty-three exposures of approximately 3 minutes at ISO 800 with no dark frame subtraction were stacked with Deep Sky Stacker (resulting in a 2 h 20 min exposure) and further processed in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).

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