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Contains:  M 64, Black-eye galaxy, NGC 4826
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M64 (Black Eye Galaxy), 


            Joel Shepherd
M64 (Black Eye Galaxy)

M64 (Black Eye Galaxy)

Technical card

Resolution: 1280x1012

Dates:May 5, 2019May 8, 2019May 10, 2019

Baader Planetarium B 1.25": 36x180" -10C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium G 1.25": 36x180" -10C bin 1x1
Baader Planetarium R 1.25": 36x180" -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 5.4 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.30 days

Avg. Moon phase: 15.74%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00 job: 2728354

RA center: 12h 56' 43"

DEC center: +21° 40' 48"

Pixel scale: 0.969 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 192.391 degrees

Field radius: 0.220

Locations: Home, Seattle, WA, United States

Data source: Backyard


M64: A spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici with a prominent dust band near its core, approximately 17 million light years distant.

Significantly smaller than the Milky Way, M64 is unique in that its outer regions rotate in the opposite direction of the galaxy's core. This is suspected to be due to M64 absorbing a smaller galaxy perhaps a billion or more years ago.

I seem to have some issue going on with my color processing that is leading to my color-calibrated RGB images starting off with a sulfur-yellow hue. I'm able to correct it more or less but it is an issue I'd like to track down and at this point seems unique to the TEC, from which this is the second RGB image I've processed.



Joel Shepherd
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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M64 (Black Eye Galaxy), 


            Joel Shepherd

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