M85 (NGC 4382 is a lenticular or elliptical galaxy in Coma Berenices that lies about 60
million light-years away. NGC 4394 is nearby to the left in my image and is interacting with
M85 and the faint galaxy to the right is IC 3292, a mag 14.8 spiral. M85 was low on my target
priority list since at first glance it appeared to be a bland elliptical galaxy. In spite of the this
first impression, you can see some interesting structure in this galaxy and the proximity of
the other galaxies adds some additional interest.
Date: May-June 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:15x10 min R:6x8 min, G:10x6 min, B:10x10 min for a total of 6 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