M74  from BMV Observatories
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
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Messier 74 (also known as NGC 628) is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces. It is about 32 million light-years away from Earth. The galaxy contains two clearly defined spiral arms. The galaxy's low surface brightness makes it a somewhat difficult Messier object for amateur astronomers to observe. It is estimated that M74 is home to about 100 billion stars. M74 is the brightest member of the M74 Group, a group of 5-7 galaxies that also includes the peculiar spiral galaxy NGC 660 and a few irregular galaxies.

Processing information:

Date: Oct 3,8,9,10,13 2010
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Hyperion f/8 12.5 inch, FL 2540 mm
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Sbig STL-11000 Guiding: Internal
Exposure: LRGB: L:48x7 min R:31x5 min, G:27x5 min, B:26x5 min, Total= 12.6 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop. The image was cropped about 50% to bring the galaxy out from the background.