Cookie consent

AstroBin saves small pieces of text information (cookies) on your device in order to deliver better content and for statistical purposes. You can disable the usage of cookies by changing the settings of your browser. By browsing AstroBin without changing the browser settings, you grant us permission to store that information on your device.

I agree
Contains:  M 74, NGC 628
Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
M74 Phantom Galaxy, 


            Jerry Macon
M74 Phantom Galaxy

M74 Phantom Galaxy

Technical card

Resolution: 1800x1400

Dates:Sept. 9, 2018

Frames:Astrodon Gen 2 RGB 36mm: 140x150" (gain: 99.00) -18C bin 1x1

Integration: 5.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 29.26 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.08%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Temperature: 15.00 job: 2317152

RA center: 1h 36' 42"

DEC center: +15° 46' 58"

Pixel scale: 0.700 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 268.287 degrees

Field radius: 0.222

Locations: Dark Star Observatory, Taos, New Mexico, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


Imaged on nights of 9/9/2018, 9/10/2018, 9/15/2018.

Messier 74 (also known as NGC 628 and Phantom Galaxy) is a 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.

M74 is the brightest member of the M74 Group, a group of 5–7 galaxies that also includes the peculiar spiral galaxy NGC 660 and a few irregular galaxies. Although different group identification methods may consistently identify many of the same member galaxies in this group, the exact group membership is still uncertain.



Jerry Macon
License: Attribution Creative Commons

Sky plot

Sky plot


M74 Phantom Galaxy, 


            Jerry Macon