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Messier 64

Object : IM64, Black Eye Galaxy
Coordinates/Direction : RA: 12h56m, DEC: +21o40'
Object size : 10.7' x 5.1'
Object magnitude : 8.52
More to know : Wikipedia: wiki/ Black Eye Galaxy

M64 and its surrounding galaxies 2023-04-17

M86 Galaxy, 2023 (Click on image and get one in full resolution in a new window)
Date : 2023-04-17
Time (UT) : 20:21 to 22:38
Mount : Skywatcher HEQ5, HEQ5 mount project
Guide system: Astroberry, in dithering mode, Guide telescope 200 mm f/3.5, camera QHY5
Lens/telescope : Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4.0, Pentax 645 300 mm project
Field : 6.9 x 4.6 degrees (at full frame)
Filter : none
Camera : Canon EOS 6D, camera temperature 9 degree Celsius
Control system : Raspberry / Astroberry, with GPS
Exp. time : 60x120 seconds at ISO1600, with every 3rd dithered
Image process tool : Siril, Gimp, Irfanview
Processing : cal dark, flat
Weather : clear sky, no Moon, temperature +1 degrees Celsius
Site : Sweden, Stockholm, Björnö Nature reservation. Bortle class 4
Comment : In the constellation Coma Berenices you find a galaxy cluster. This photo is centered the galaxy M64, it also have the name Black Eye Galaxy. It's not until the local time is 23:30 it's dark enough for astrophotographing and it ends already at 02:00. Click on the image above to see the details, not so many galaxies as I expected. But with some computer assist from M64 plate solved, there they are.

Crop around M64, 2023-04-17

M64 Galaxy, 2023
Date : 2023-04-17
Field (FOV) : Cropped to 1x1 degree
Comment : The name Dark Eye Galaxy comes from the dark spot in center of the galaxy. Little bit difficult to see here with this low magnification. The distance to the galaxy is 17 million light years.
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