|Galaxy IC 342 in Camelopardalis, Caldwell 5
Spiral Galaxy IC 342 closely resembles our own Milky Way Galaxy. At a distance of between 10 and 14 million light years, a
galaxy of this size would be expected to be one of the brightest in the sky. However, because it lies only 10 degrees above the disc
plane of the Milky Way, its light is dimmed 10-fold by dust within our own galaxy, and therefore was not discovered until 1895.
Several prominent hydrogen clouds, termed H2 regions, glow red in the spiral arms.
This image combined 105 minutes luminence (unbinned) with 15 minutes each of red, green and blue exposures, binned 2x2. An
ST10XME camera was used through a Meade 12" LX200R and an AP reducer at my dark sky observatory.
Music: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3