Object name: PGC003182
MCG+12-02-001/PGC 3182 is a major train wreck of two galaxies about 200 million light-years from us in northern Cassiopeia. NED classifies each as E? pec and as LIRG (Luminous InfraRed Galaxies). There is so much dust that these came out super red when I processed them. Very little blue was seen in either except near the cores. An artificial color image by the HST shows what appear to be expected colors without the dust. I assume they made severe adjustments for the dust. I looked up the IR and blue frames used on the HST site and the result was the same color I was getting. I normally don't adjust one part of an image to get a galaxy or whatever "right". I normally adjust the entire frame based on the stars using eXcalibrator. The HST image and text about it can be found here: http://hubblesite.org/image/2330/news_release/2008-16 Their version has south at the top while I put north at the top. They give a distance of 200 million light-years or 50 million parsecs. It appears they rounded that to one significant digit. NED's redshift puts it at about 210 million light-years using my usual two significant digits. One highly suspect Tully-Fisher measurement says 42 million parsecs which works out to be 140 million light-years. NASA's 50 million parsecs is 160 million light-years which is close to the T-F measurement while the light-year figure agrees well with the redshift measurement. In other words, we don't really know its distance very well at all.