M 74 Galaxy in Pisces

M74 (NGC628) is a fine faced-on spiral galaxy in the constellation of Pisces with the apparent dimension of 9.5´x 10.5´ and a brightness of about 9.1mag.It has a very small surface brightness and is  therefore very difficult to detect in smaller telescopes.Its distance from earth is about 23 million light years and contains about 100 billion stars.


RA:     01h 36m 41,84s
Dekl.:    +15° 46′ 59,6″

80cm f/7 AstroOptik corrected Cassegrain,Baader RGB-filters,FLI Proline 16803-CCD-camera,remotely controlled from CTIO/UNC Chile

integration time: L R(Ha)GB (L=22x1200s, RGB=10x1200s each,Ha=5x2400s) , a total time of 21.6 hours

image processing:Bernd Flach-Wilken


here is a 80% picture (click inside for full resolution):



here you can see a cropped close-up:


here you can see a close up from HST

Last modified on Sunday, 11 October 2015 23:46

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