Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  Black-eye galaxy  ·  IC3917  ·  M 64  ·  M64  ·  NGC 4826
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Messier 64 - Black Eye Galaxy, 


            Rodney Watters

Messier 64 - Black Eye Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Tak TSA120

Imaging cameras: QSI 683 ws-8

Mounts: EQ8

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Tak TSA120

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar x2

Focal reducers: Takahashi TOA Reducer .75x

Software: Pixinsight 1.8  ·  Sequence Generator Pro

Filters: Astronomik Red  ·  Green  ·  Blue

Dates:June 5, 2019June 6, 2019June 28, 2019July 2, 2019

Blue: 45x300" -20C bin 1x1
Green: 45x300" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik Luminance: 32x300" -20C bin 1x1
Astronomik Red: 40x300" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 13.5 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 14.94 days

Avg. Moon phase: 9.68%

Astrometry.net job: 2802903

RA center: 12h 56' 43"

DEC center: +21° 41' 0"

Pixel scale: 1.647 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 92.654 degrees

Field radius: 0.421 degrees

Resolution: 1530x1021

Locations: Glanmire Home Observatory, Bathurst, NSW, Australia

Data source: Backyard


Messier 64, the Black Eye Galaxy, is located in the constellation of Coma Berenices and is estimated to be approximately 17 million light years from earth. It is quite distinctive in appearance and has some unusual characteristics in that it has two counter rotating disks that may have resulted from the merger of two galaxies.

The image train used to capture the data for this image is a Tak TSA 120 with focal reducer resulting in a FOV of 1.5 degrees. For the presentation of this image, the field has been cropped down to about half that to focus on the galaxy. The area surrounding the galaxy is rich in integrated flux nebula which presents well in wider field images. This will be another project to capture more subs of longer exposure times to present the wider field in all its splendor.



Rodney Watters
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Messier 64 - Black Eye Galaxy, 


            Rodney Watters