M64 - Black Eye Galaxy

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Pictured here is the Black Eye Galaxy (Messier 64). The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Evil Eye Galaxy and designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) is a relatively isolated spiral galaxy located 17 million light years away in the northern constellation of Coma Berenices.

It is high overhead in the night sky this time of year and a pleasing target for telescopes.

In this case, I used the smallest telescope in my collection - an AstroTech AT72ED refractor. Total exposure time was 17 minutes, 30 seconds at ISO 1600. Three dark frames were subtracted.

Even with the small aperture of this refractor, details of the galaxy can be made out. All in all, a fun night out with the "little scope."

Here's another picture of the Black Eye Galaxy that I got some years ago using a much larger telescope.

Click here to see another image of the Black Eye Galaxy, taken by Don of Gig Harbor, Washington.