NGC 2997 is an unbarred
spiral galaxy about 24.8
million light-years away in
the constellation Antlia.
16" RCOS @ f/11.3
Apogee U9 imager
SBIG 402 guider

LRGB:

L=   10 min x 18, 1x1
R=  15 min x 3, 1x1
G=  15 min x 3, 1x1
B=  15 min x 3, 1x1

Data acquired at
CTIO

Processed with CCD
Inspector,  CCDsoft,
Registar, Sigma
Combine, Neat Image,
and Adobe PS.
                                      NGC 2997
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This was the first light image for the new U9 Apogee camera installed in
our Chilean dome on the 16" RCOS (giving an image scale of 0.41"/pixel.)
The seeing was excellent, with the 3 hour master luminance frame coming
in at 1.71" FWHM, reducing to 1.34" after 3 iterations of CCDsharp.