Starburst Galaxy, NGC 253

Located in Sculptor it is one of the brightest galaxies in the Southern Sky and probably the closest starburst galaxy to us (distance  around 10Mly). Seen almost edge-on it contains a tiny bright yellow core, numerous blue star clusters, red emission nebulae and mysterious dark dusty lanes. 

This image has been re-processed in August 2014 using the original data, but (hopefully?!) with improved image processing skills applied.

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi TOA-130, f=1000mm, f7.7 (cropped fov ~0.5x0.3)
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Guiding: External (E-finder)
Filters/Exposures: L:R:G:B = 4x15:2x10:2x10:2x10min2h00m Location: LMDSS Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
Date: 9th October 2010 Processing: CCDStack2, MIRA AL8 and Photoshop CS5 (re-processed August 2012)