Enchanted Skies


M64 - The Blackeye Galaxy (imaged from 'Upham', NM)

M64 - The Blackeye Galaxy Map of the region near M64


Object Information                                            Imaging Details

M64 is a splendid bright galaxy about 20M light-years away in Coma Berenices. It is famous for its prominent dark dust feature. M64 was recently shown to have two counterrotating systems of stars and gas in its disk

At magnitude 9, M64 is easily viewed with virtually any telescope. The dark dust lane shows well even in modest-sized scopes.

I imaged this object at ASLC's 'Upham' dark sky site. Transparency was excellent; Seeing was average.

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Celestron NexStar GPS11

Canon 300D (type 1 modified)
Misc. Optics:
Giant Easy Guider (f/5)
13 x 4 minutes @ ISO 800
Through off-axis guider using GuideDog and a ToUCam.
Images converted to tifs using Photoshop CS3. Nebulosity used to stack the images. Additional processing (curves, sharpening) with PS CS3.

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Enchanted Skies - Astrophotography by Rich Richins (all images copyright, Rich Richins)