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M64 - 18.4.2022 at 03.45 Fregenal de la Sierra, Espanja Observation number 106285

Visibility III / V

Tapio Lahtinen, Tampereen Ursa

There has not been a picture on the Spanish tube since February (due to technical problems).

When the moon was quite full, I tested the new sky model and the 10-minute unguided exposures worked quite well again.
I tried to search for items from all over the sky and this was selected from the western sky.
I have photographed the brightest galaxies a few times with the Ha filter and I doubted this ‘black eye galaxy’ would become any kind of image in this style.
I was surprised when the characteristics of the object are visible so well.

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Additional information
  • Observation target
    • Deep space object
  • Designation
    • M64
  • Constellation
    • Coma Berenices
  • Galaxies
    • Spiral galaxy info

      Spiral galaxy is a stellar system where there are outwards arched spiral arms from roundish (spiral galaxies) or bar-shaped (barred spiral galaxies) central condensation.

      The apparent shape of spiral galaxied depends on out observation direction. From above they are quite round. From the side they lens-shaped with a bulge in the middle.

      Generally a rather large instrument, good weather conditions and observational expereince are needed to see spiral arms. Usually spiral galaxies look like a fuzzy spots.

      Spiral galaxy M33 in Triangulum. Image Tero Turunen.


      Andromeda Galaxy M31. There are also galaxies M110 (upper right corner) and M32 (lower left corner) in this image. Image Pekka Peura.

      M101 aka Pinwheel Galaxy in Ursa Major. Image Samuli Vuorinen.


      Spiral galaxy IC 342 aka Hidden Galaxy in Camelopardalis. Image Timo Inkinen.

      A sketch of spiral galaxy NGC 7331 in Pegasus. Image Juha Ojanperä.

Technical information

Sky-Watcher Esprit 100ED, 10 Micron GM 1000 HPS, Atik 460EX, 6x10 m Ha.

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