The Black-Eye Galaxy - M64

Camera: Finger Lakes Instrumentation MicroLine ML8300 with FLI CFW-2-7 Filter Wheel

Mount: Paramount ME

Scope: Supernova Astrograph - 12.5" Zambuto - My Design

Colors: L:R:G:B

Exposure Time: 18x10 minutes L unbinned: 10x5 minutes RGB binned 2x2

Post-Production: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, PixInsight, and Photoshop CS5

This object, aptly named the Black-Eye Galaxy and designated as Messier 64 (M64), is located roughly 17 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. Observations have shown that M64 is actually composed of two, counter-rotating groupings of stars, one in the inner 3,000 light-years and the other extending to roughly 40,000 light-years, and interestingly, rotating in the opposite direction. The dusty black eye and bizarre rotation is likely the result of a merger of two different galaxies.

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