Glenn's Astrophotography




M64, also known as the Black Eye Galaxy, is a type Sb spiral galaxy located in the constellation Coma Berenices. The large dark structure near the galaxy's central bulge is a very large area of dust that is obscuring the stars behind it. Recent observations of M64 with the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed that the outer portions of the galaxy are rotating in the opposite direction of the inner portion, which has lead to the theory that M64 is actually the later stages of the merger of two former galaxies. The areas that border the counter-rotation are areas of intense star formation. M64 is located approximately 19 million light-years from earth.

Image capture and processing information:

Date/Location: May 01, 2006, Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California
Instrument: Meade DSI II Pro through a Celestron CM-1100 Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector using a Meade .33 focal reducer
Focal Ratio: f3.3
Guiding: Autoguided through a modified Orion ED100 refractor using a Philips Vesta Pro webcam (SC-Modified) with Guidedog software
Conditions: Hazy
Weather: 53 F, Party Cloudy, Breezy
Exposure: 5 minutes Luminance (10 x 30 seconds)
Processing: Focused and captured with Meade Autostar Envisage. Image processed using Meade Autostar Image Processing and Microsoft Photo Editor