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Contains:  M 74, NGC 628
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M74

M74

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Imaging telescope or lens:Celestron C11 Celestron

Imaging camera:60Da Canon

Mount:CGEM Celestron

Guiding telescope or lens:80mm EON Orion

Focal reducer:6.3 reducer Celestron

Software:photoshopDeep Sky StackerNoel's Tools5.00 Images Plus

Resolution: 800x635

Dates:Sept. 12, 2014

Frames: 28x180"

Integration: 1.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 18.59 days

Avg. Moon phase: 84.32%

Astrometry.net job: 560499

RA center: 24.183 degrees

DEC center: 15.778 degrees

Orientation: 107.783 degrees

Field radius: 0.217 degrees

Locations: Leesburg home, Leesburg , Florida, United States

Description

Messier 74 (also known as NGC 628) is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces. It is at a distance of about 32 million light-years away from Earth. The galaxy contains two clearly defined spiral arms and is therefore used as an archetypal example of a Grand Design Spiral Galaxy. The galaxy's low surface brightness makes it the most difficult Messier object for amateur astronomers to observe. However, the relatively large angular size of the galaxy and the galaxy's face-on orientation make it an ideal object for professional astronomers who want to study spiral arm structure and spiral density waves. It is estimated that M74 is home to about 100 billion stars. Discovered by Mechaine in Sept 1780.

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