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Under very clear skies here in Quebec (finally) I stumbled upon what I believe was M64 while looking for M3. I have a 100mm reflector and spotted a smudge with my 20mm plossl and switched to my 7mm. It appeared dull but it was no star cluster and as my eyes adjusted it clearly looked like a galaxy, pretty awesome!

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Nice one, I wondered how you were getting on over there :-). If you were in Coma Berenices then there is a good chance that was it. There are plenty of other galaxies around up there but most are a fair bit dimmer. I happened across three in the Virgo cluster but have no idea which they were :-).

Enjoy

Stu

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That's great going. Curiously, I was out Saturday night and also worked with M 64 for a while with a 10" dob. I didn't find it revealed too much detail, and I can appreciate that it does 'appear dull' (even in the 10") but certainly it is elongated and has a relatively bright stellar core.

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Two nights in a row I located it, proverbial needle in a haystack! Cannot get detail of course with a limited power scope, yet it is dull but looks back-lit somewhat. Kind of intriguing to stare a a blotch of grey, not knowing what it tis yet thinking it is something special!

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