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NGC 1253 -Arp 279
Penryn, California
December 2005/October 2008
FS-128  (ag, ST-4)
ST-2000XM RGB  15  minute subs
ST-2000XM Lum  10  minute subs (2008)

NGC 1253 and NGC 1253A (the small galaxy immediately below the bright star) are two inter-acting galaxies just starting their merger.   NGC 1253 is classified SBc and is at about 187 Mly.