M102 (NGC 5866, or the Spindle Galaxy) is alenticular edge-on galaxy in Draco that lies
about 50 million light-years away. There is some controversy about the identification of
this galaxy in the Messier list and the entry may have referred to the Pinwheel galaxy,
M101, instead. In any event, this edge-on displays an interesting and distinct thin dark lane
that bisects the galaxy from our point of view.
Date: Apr 2014
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion f/8 12.5 inch, FL 2540 mm
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee U8300
Guiding: ST-402 on Innovations Foresight On-Axis Guider, SharpLock focusing method
Exposure: LRGB: L:16x10 min R:12x8 min, G:10x6 min, B:9x10 min for a total of 6.8 hrs.
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using
Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New Ringgold PA