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Messier 64 - The Black Eye Galaxy

Taken over 2 nights on the 23rd and 25th May.

First discovered in 1779 by Edward Pigott it has a dark band of dust which gives rise to its nickname. The galaxy lies around 24Mly away in the constellation of Coma Berenices and is approximately 70,000 ly across.

Imaging telescope or lens: Meade LX90 8" f/10
Imaging camera: Atik 383L+
Guiding telescope: Orion ShortTube 80mm f/5.0
Guiding camera: QHYCCD QHY5L-II mono
Focal reducer: Celestron f/6.3 Focal Reducer/Corrector
Software: Nebulosity 4,  Pleiades Astrophoto Pisinsight 1.8,  MetaGuide Collimation and Guiding
Filters: Xagyl LRGB Filter Set
Accessories: XAGYL Ultra Thin Motorized Filter Wheel - 8 x 1.25" Filters,  QHYCCD PoleMaster Polar Scope
Dates: May 23, 2017,  May 25, 2017
Luminosity: 80x30" -15C bin 2x2
Red: 40x30" -15C bin 2x2
Green: 40x30" -15C bin 2x2
Blue: 40x30" -15C bin 2x2
Integration: 1.7 hours

M64 - Watermarked - full resolution.png

Edited by Toxophilus
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