IC342 Galaxy

Telescope C9.25 on AP1200GTO Designation IC342
Focal Length F/5.8 1365mm Position RA: 03:46.8 Dec:+68 : 06
Guiding eFinder & SBIG guidehead Type Galaxies
Control MaximDL Magnitude 12
CCD Camera SBIG ST2000XM Size 22'
Image Scale 1.12 arcsec Distance 11 million Light Years
Filters AstroDon LRGB Constellation Camelopardalis
Exposures 12 x 5min 1x1, 8 x 4min ea RGB    
Calibration Flats, Bias only    
Software MaximDL, Photoshop CS2    
Date Peach State Star Gaze Sept 2008    
Spiral Galaxy IC342 is located roughly 11 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Camelopardalis, “the giraffe.” Its face-on appearance in the sky—as opposed to our tilted and edge-on views of many other nearby galaxies, such as the large spiral galaxy Andromeda< IC342 has very low surface brightness which makes it a difficult object to image.