Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Coma Berenices (Com)  ·  Contains:  Black-eye galaxy  ·  M 64  ·  NGC 4826
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M64/NGC 4826 - The Black Eye Galaxy, 



    
        

            Serge Caballero
M64/NGC 4826 - The Black Eye Galaxy
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M64/NGC 4826 - The Black Eye Galaxy

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M64/NGC 4826 - The Black Eye Galaxy, 



    
        

            Serge Caballero
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M64/NGC 4826 - The Black Eye Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Astro-Tech AT8IN

Imaging cameras: QHY CCD QHY8

Mounts: CGEM

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion 50 mm mini guider

Guiding cameras: Orion SSAG

Focal reducers: Baader Planetarium MPCC Mark III

Software: Star Tools  ·  Stark Labs Nebulosity 3.1.X  ·  Photoshop CS6  ·  ADGSoftware PHD2 (OpenPHD)

Filters: Lumicon UHC 2"


Dates:June 17, 2014

Frames: 21x600" (3h 30') (gain: 11.00) -8C bin 1x1

Integration: 3h 30'

Darks: 10

Flats: 19

Flat darks: 19

Bias: 101

Avg. Moon age: 19.67 days

Avg. Moon phase: 75.12%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00

Temperature: 22.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 301542

RA center: 12h56m40s.6

DEC center: +21°4048

Pixel scale: 1.377 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -5.712 degrees

Field radius: 0.704 degrees


Resolution: 3040x2074

Locations: Backyard, Gainesville, FL, United States

Description

After 2 solid weeks of daily thunderstorms, the air finally dried out enough to give me some clear skies. With the waning gibbous moon not rising until nearly 2AM, that was plenty of time to snag 3.5 hours on the Black Eye Galaxy (M64/NGC 4826) in the constellation Coma Berenices. A popular target for amateur astronomers, both visually and photographically, the object gets its common name from the large, dense dust cloud in front of the core of the galaxy.

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M64/NGC 4826 - The Black Eye Galaxy, 



    
        

            Serge Caballero