Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  M 106  ·  NGC 4217  ·  NGC 4220  ·  NGC 4226  ·  NGC 4231  ·  NGC 4232  ·  NGC 4248  ·  NGC 4258
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Messier Object 106 (Close Crop) - 3/17/2010, 


Messier Object 106 (Close Crop) - 3/17/2010
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Messier Object 106 (Close Crop) - 3/17/2010

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SV80ST

Mounts: CGEM

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron 50mm Spotting Scope

Software: PHD guiding  ·  PixInsight  ·  Nebulosity

Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS P2 2"

Dates:March 17, 2010

Frames:Hutech IDAS LPS P2 2": 47x300" (gain: 1.00) bin 1x1

Integration: 3.9 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.50 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.54%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 125976

RA center: 12h 17' 12"

DEC center: +47° 20' 20"

Pixel scale: 3.160 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -88.766 degrees

Field radius: 0.987 degrees

Resolution: 620x392


The large well formed spiral galaxy in the center of the image is Messier Object 106. The light that traveled through my telescope to capture this image is some 25 million years old and came from the constellation Canes Venatici (near the Big Dipper). Most galaxies contain super massive black holes in their cores, but most have reached a state of equilibrium and are relatively stable structures. Astronomers believe, due to the type of X-Ray radiation emitted from the center of this galaxy, that the visible parts of this galaxy might be in the process of being consumed by this black hole.

Looking up and to the left (near the top of the image), you will see what is referred to as an "edge-on" galaxy due to its relative orientation to Earth. This galaxy is also a spiral structure and resembles what out own Milky Way looks like from this same orientation. No fancy name here… this galaxy is referred to as NGC 4217.

Taking a quick look around, I can spot at least 10 other galaxies… sufficient enough to humble me on any day.


Sky plot

Sky plot


Messier Object 106 (Close Crop) - 3/17/2010,