Messier 64 - NGC 4826
"The Black-Eye Galaxy"
Galaxy, Type (R) SA(rs)ab II-III
RA: 12h 57.79m
DEC: +21degrees 41'
SIZE: 9.2' X 4.6'
VISUAL MAGNITUDE: 8.5
SURFACE BRIGHTNESS: 12.4
CONSTELLATION: Coma Bernices
DISTANCE: 20 Million Light Years
DIAMETER: 65 Thousand Light Years
Celestron C-14, FL 3911 mm,
Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector, on Paramount GT1100 mount.
Celestron 6.3, Mounted in Ted Agos Universal adapter
Santa Barbara Instruments, ST-8 Digital (Thermoelectrically cooled)
ADAPTIVE OPTICS: None
FILTER(S): Astrodon LRGB
CCD COOLING TEMPERATURE: -15 C
1 X 1 (1530 X 1020) L, 3 X 3 (510 X 340) RGB
EXPOSURE TIME: 155 minutes total, 8-15 min
Luminance, 1-10min Red, 1-10min Green, 1-15 min Blue
NUMBER OF IMAGES: 11
FILM SPEED: N/A
01-17-2005 / 09:52:24 to 12:35:59 UTC
Valley Center, San Diego County, California
TEMPERATURE: 61 Degrees
HUMIDITY: 34 Percent
In early 2009, I was contacted by the BBC Sky at Night publication about my image of M64. There was an upcoming section of the March 2009 edition of the
magazine called "Deep Sky Viewing" and they wanted to highlight M64 the "Blackeye Galaxy". When I was contacted for permission to publish my image I was.... let's say shocked. I told them "Well of course
I have to say yes!". My only request was for them to send me a copy of the issue. So below is the first publication of my work. I wondered how I was picked out? So I decided to do some sleuthing
around. I realized on a Google search at that time my M64 image came up as a third hit. So I guess that is how I was contacted. Below is the magazine cover page and the two article pages with my
credit and the image of M64. The left margine lists my credit on page 58 and the image is bottom right on page 59.