Messier 64
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Image by Kevin Hearst 

Messier 64 - NGC 4826

"The Black-Eye Galaxy"

  • TYPE:  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

IMAGING INFORMATION

  • TELESCOPE:  Celestron C-14, FL 3911 mm, Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector, on Paramount GT1100 mount.
  • REDUCER/CORRECTOR:  Celestron 6.3, Mounted in Ted Agos Universal adapter
  • CAMERA:  Santa Barbara Instruments, ST-8 Digital (Thermoelectrically cooled)
  • ADAPTIVE OPTICS:  None
  • FILTER(S):  Astrodon LRGB
  • CCD COOLING TEMPERATURE:  -15 C
  • BINNING/RESOLUTION:  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
  • DATE/TIME: 01-17-2005 / 09:52:24 to 12:35:59 UTC
  • LOCATION:  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.

     

 

 

 

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