Imaging telescope or lens: Orion EON 130mm ED Triplet APO
Imaging camera: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1GTO
Guiding telescope or lens: Orion 60mm Guidescope
Guiding camera: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider Pro Mono
Focal reducer: Orion 3" Field Flattener
Accessory: ZWO EFW
Dates: May 17, 2017
Integration: 2.1 hours
Avg. Moon age: 20.25 days
Avg. Moon phase: 69.67%
Astrometry.net job: 1582235
RA center: 194.182 degrees
DEC center: 21.683 degrees
Pixel scale: 1.064 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -3.623 degrees
Field radius: 0.325 degrees
Locations: Home, Onalaska, Texas, United States
This beautiful spiral galaxy is about 17 million light-years distant in the northern constellation Coma Berenices. This galaxy has an impressive dust lane which appears strongly on the bottom side of the core, yet it looks like it is also present but obscured by stars on the upper side. The indistinct outer arms extend for a very large distance, about 65,000 light-years in diameter, whereas the well defined inner dust lane extends for only about a quarter of that. Recent observations have shown that M64 is actually composed of two concentric, counter-rotating systems. While all the stars in M64 rotate in the same direction as the interstellar gas in the galaxy's central region, gas in the outer regions rotates in the opposite direction. The unique dusty eye and bizarre rotation are likely the result of a long ago collision and merger of two different galaxies.
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