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M64, The Black Eye Galaxy


The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Evil Eye Galaxy; designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) was discovered by Edward Pigott in March 1779, and independently by Johann Elert Bode in April of the same year, as well as by Charles Messier in 1780. It has a spectacular dark band of absorbing dust in front of the galaxy’s bright nucleus, giving rise to its nicknames of the “Black Eye” or “Evil Eye” galaxy. M64 is well known among amateur astronomers because of its appearance in small telescopes. It is a spiral galaxy in the Coma Berenices constellation.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher BKP2008
Imaging cameras: QHYCCD QHY8 Pro
Mounts: Sky-Watcher NEQ6 Pro
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Deepsky DS 70/500
Guiding cameras: QHY CCD QHY5
Focal reducers: Televue Paracorr PLA-2001
Software: Adobe Photoshop 5 CS,  MaxIm DL, Ionov Ivan FitStacker 11,  Bob Franke eXcalibrator
Resolution: 1878×1176
Dates: May 10, 2013
Frames: 14×600″
Integration: 2.3 hours
Avg. Moon age: 29.51 days
Avg. Moon phase: 0.00%
RA center: 194.181 degrees
DEC center: 21.683 degrees
Orientation: -1.666 degrees
Field radius: 0.260 degrees

Author: Coff

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