Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  M 61  ·  NGC 4292  ·  NGC 4301  ·  NGC 4303
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M61 Hexagonal Galaxy in Virgo - NGC 4292 - NGC 4301, 



    
        

            Jerry Macon
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M61 Hexagonal Galaxy in Virgo - NGC 4292 - NGC 4301

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M61 Hexagonal Galaxy in Virgo - NGC 4292 - NGC 4301, 



    
        

            Jerry Macon
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M61 Hexagonal Galaxy in Virgo - NGC 4292 - NGC 4301

Acquisition details

Dates:
Jan. 6, 2022
Frames:
Chroma RGB 50mm Unmounted: 196×150(8h 10′) (gain: 100.00) -15°C bin 1×1
Integration:
8h 10′
Avg. Moon age:
4.15 days
Avg. Moon phase:
18.28%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale:
3.00
Temperature:
-2.00

RA center: 12h21m49s.257

DEC center: +04°3019.35

Pixel scale: 0.396 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 178.560 degrees

Field radius: 0.312 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 4582x3342

File size: 380.6 KB

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

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility

Description

UNGUIDED
CDK20 with 0.66 Reducer: FL 2280mm,  F/4.5,  0.34 arcsec/pixel
Imaged on 1/6/2022, 1/7/2022, 1/9/2022

A lovely collection of galaxies in Virgo.

(NASA)
Discovered in 1779 by the Italian astronomer Barnaba Oriani, M61 is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Virgo. Charles Messier noticed it on the same night as Oriani, but he mistook the galaxy for a passing comet. A member of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, M61 is roughly 55 million light-years away from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 10.2. It is most easily spotted during the month of May and can be observed using a moderately sized telescope.M61 is a type of galaxy known as a starburst galaxy. Starburst galaxies experience an incredibly high rate of star formation, hungrily using up their reservoir of gas in a very short period of time (in astronomical terms). But this is not the only activity going on within the galaxy; an X-ray source has been detected deep at its heart, leading astronomers to believe that a supermassive black hole sits at its core. This galaxy has also been host to seven observed supernovas — the most of any galaxy in the Messier catalog.

My Collections:
Abell Planetary Nebulae (Complete)
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Messier Objects
Planetary Nebulae
Sharpless 2 Objects

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M61 Hexagonal Galaxy in Virgo - NGC 4292 - NGC 4301, 



    
        

            Jerry Macon