M64 – Black Eye Galaxy

M64 33 x 10 min sub frames
M64 33 x 10 min sub frames
M64 33 x 10 min sub frames
M64 33 x 10 min sub frames

 

M64 is a wonderful galaxy in the constellation Coma. Being a relatively bright Galaxy at Mag 9.6 it is an easy target for backyard scope. Visually on a good night with an 8″ or greater scope it is possible to make out the dust lane and the reason is looks like a black eye.

 

M64 i also know as the evil eye galaxy, NGC4826 is was first discovered in 1779 by Edward Pigott. It is well known as spiral galaxy but it appears that the nature of this galaxy is confused by the presence of counter rotating disks in the structure.

 

This image of M64 was taken over a period of 3 hours on the 18th – 19th April using FLT110 and SBIG ST8300c camera. Processing was performed with Pixinsight.

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