Skies By Africa

Images of the Heavens By Eric Africa

M64, the Blackeye Galaxy

M64 is a pleasing galaxy visible during so-called "Galaxy Season" in the Northern Hemisphere. It's reasonably sized and bright, enough that it is visible with an 8" telescope even from my light-polluted back yard.

M64 is nicknamed the Black Eye Galaxy. It earned this moniker thanks to its distinctly large dust lane. I recall a picture of this galaxy in an older book on the universe, and in that picture it really looked like a black eye staring back at me from the void of space.
Constellation: Coma Berenices
When Visible: February - May
Distance: 19 Million Light-years
Date: May 2005
Location: West Chester, Ohio
Exposure Details:
L: 14 x 10 Minutes binned 1x1
R: 6 x 5 Minutes binned 2x2
G: 6 x 5 Minutes binned 2x2
B: 6 x 5 Minutes binned 2x2
Equipment Used: Celestron C8 with f/6.3 reducer on a Takahashi EM200 Temma 2 mount. SBIG ST-8XE camera with CFW-8a filter wheel and Astrodon LRGB filters.
Acquisition Software : CCDSoft
Processing Software: CCDSoft, Photoshop 5.0