Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
Messier 74
(= NGC 628)
Psc 01h37m / +15°47' 10.5' x 9.5' 9.1mag

The face-on spiral galaxy Messier 74 (NGC 628) in the constellation Pisces on October 18 / 19, 2014. The galaxy is approximately 32 million light years from Earth and was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780. It contains about 100 billion stars.

Twenty-five 3 minute exposures at ISO 800 with no dark frame subtraction were stacked with Deep Sky Stacker (resulting in a 1 h 15 min exposure) and further processed in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).


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