Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Pisces (Psc)  ·  Contains:  M 74  ·  NGC 628
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M74 the Phantom Galaxy in Pisces, 



    
        

            Mark Wetzel
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            Mark Wetzel
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M74 the Phantom Galaxy in Pisces

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C9.25 Edge HD

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 1600MM-Pro Cool

Mounts: Celestron CGEMⅡ

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron C9.25 Edge HD

Guiding cameras: ZWO 174MM Mini

Software: Celestron CPWI  ·  Main Sequence Software Seqence Generator Pro 3  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto PinInsight  ·  Adobe Photoshop CC 2020  ·  PHD 2

Filters: ZWO 36mm Green Filter  ·  ZWO 36mm Blue Filter

Accessory: Celestron OAG


Dates:Oct. 21, 2020Oct. 22, 2020

Frames:
ZWO 36mm Blue Filter: 26x120" (52') (gain: 139.00) -10C bin 1x1
ZWO 36mm Green Filter: 30x120" (1h) (gain: 139.00) -10C bin 1x1
ZWO 36mm Luminance Filter: 93x120" (3h 6') (gain: 139.00) -10C bin 1x1
ZWO 36mm Red: 28x240" (1h 52') (gain: 139.00) -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 6h 50'

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Flat darks: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 5.81 days

Avg. Moon phase: 33.64%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 1.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4043189

RA center: 1h 36' 41"

DEC center: +15° 47' 2"

Pixel scale: 0.898 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 163.214 degrees

Field radius: 0.247 degrees


Resolution: 1575x1200

Locations: Coast Range Remote Site, Walton, Oregon, United States

Data source: Traveller

Description

During my October 2020 astrophotography trip to Casitas de Gila, Gila, New Mexico, I photographed Messier catalog object M74, the Phantom Galaxy in the constellation Pisces (also NGC 628). This dim galaxy was imaged over three nights using Luminescence, Red, Green and Blue filters. Imaging with a Hydrogen-alpha filter was unsuccessful due to high altitude smoke from the California wildfires. M74 is called the Phantom Galaxy since it has a very low surface brightness, making it a challenge for observers and photographers.

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Description: During my October 2020 astrophotography trip to Casitas de Gila, Gila, New Mexico, I photographed Messier catalog object M74, the Phantom Galaxy in the constellation Pisces (also NGC 628). This dim galaxy was imaged over three nights using Luminescence, Red, Green and Blue filters. Imaging with a Hydrogen-alpha filter was unsuccessful due to high altitude smoke from the California wildfires. M74 is called the Phantom Galaxy since it has a very low surface brightness, making it a challenge for observers and photographers. This version was processed in PixInsight using Drizzle Integration. I also softened the contrast to show more of the dust clouds in the galaxy. Stars are still unsatisfactory.

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M74 the Phantom Galaxy in Pisces, 



    
        

            Mark Wetzel