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Taken 5-Apr-11
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Categories & Keywords

Subcategory:Night Sky
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Blackeye, Blackeye Galaxy, Galaxy, M64
Photo Info

Dimensions3600 x 2400
Original file size4.5 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken5-Apr-11 16:11
Date modified8-Apr-11 16:12
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera model40D Modified
Messier 64 The Blackeye Galaxy

Messier 64 The Blackeye Galaxy

About this Object:
The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Sleeping Beauty 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.
About this Photo:
Date(s): April 5, 2011
Location: From my driveway in Georgetown, Texas
Telescope: Celestron C9.25 @ F10
Mount: HEQ-5
Guiding: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider / Taurus Tracker III OAG
Camera: Canon 40D Modified
Filter: Astronomik CLS
Exposure: 11 x 600s @ ISO1600 (115 Minutes total)
Acquisition: ImagesPlus 3.75 Camera Control
Processing: ImagesPlus 3.75 – Darks,Flats,Bias
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3; Gradient Exterminator; Noise Ninja; Noel Carboni's Tools;
Temperature(s): 65º F