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M64 - Black Eye Galaxy
Near Lindbrook, Alberta, Canada
2015-May-13
LRGB 20x4m each, total 5hr 20min
SGP, MaximDL, CPT
E11, 0.7xFR, 8300M, EQ8, A80Mf, LSX2
M64 is known as the Black Eye Galaxy or the Evil Eye Galaxy. I prefer the latter. The galaxy is located in the constellation Coma Berenices. The striking black patch is a band of obscuring dust.

This image was taken over two nights. The first night there was a medium aurora flickering on and off all night. Most of these frames were rejected. The few remaining frames were stacked together with almost all of the frames from the second night.

Like most of my galaxy images to date, this one could use a few more hours of exposure time. The main structure of the galaxy shows up nicely but the surrounding halo extends a bit more than what appears here. Even so, from a technical perspective, this is one of my better galaxy image to date. The color balance is good, the details are showing up and the stars are round.

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