A barred spiral galaxy in Fornax,
this image contains over 90 hours
of data, making it the longest total
exposure in the history of SSRO
(just a little longer than NGC
3521). The 50 hours of luminance
data had an average FWHM of
1.3" before any sharpening
algorithm was used.

4 dim mysterious jets emanate
from the galactic center -- this
image shows 2 of them -- the
more obvious is at the
approximate 8:30 position, and a
slightly fainter one comes down
from the upper left corner of the
image. You can just begin to
appreciate an even fainter jet
originating about 180 degrees
from the 8:30 jet.

The current theory is that the jets
are actually the shattered
remains of a cannibalized dwarf
galaxy
16" RCOS @ f/11.3
Planewave 200 HR
Apogee U9 imager
SBIG 402 guider
Astrodon Series I LRGB

LRGB:

L=  30min x
100, 1x1
R=  
15 min x 72, 1x1
G=  15min x
42, 1x1
B=  15 min x 48, 1x1
(
90.5 hours total imaging!)

Data acquired at
CTIO
with Maxim/ACP

Processed with CCD
Inspector, PixInsight,  
and Adobe PS.
             NGC 1097 in Fornax
     
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