Contains:M 64, Black-eye galaxy, NGC 4826
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M 64, 




    

        Tim
M 64

M 64

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Resolution: 3250x2503

Dates: May 6, 2018May 8, 2018

Frames:
Baader B 1.25": 25x180" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Baader G 1.25": 17x180" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Baader L 1.25": 68x115" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1
Baader R 1.25": 25x180" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 5.5 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~20

Flat darks: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 21.62 days

Avg. Moon phase: 55.46%

Astrometry.net job: 2064111

RA center: 194.181 degrees

DEC center: 21.683 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.453 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 155.094 degrees

Field radius: 0.258 degrees

Locations: Home Observatory - Nelsons Bay Observatory , South River, Ontario, Canada

Data source: Unknown

Description

This is my first image of M 64. I don't know why I didn't try it before as its a very interesting galaxy. Its around 20 million light years away and is often called the "Black Eyed" or “Sleeping Beauty” galaxy. I was surprised to find that it spins in two different directions. It extends across space covering an area nearly 40,000 light years across, spinning around at a speed of 300 kilometers per second. Toward its core is a counter-rotating disc approximate 4,000 light years wide and the friction between these two may very well be the contributing factor to the huge amounts of starburst activity and distinctive dark dust lane.

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