Skies By Africa

Images of the Heavens By Eric Africa


M88 - Click to view larger image. Opens in a new window.
According to Wikipedia, M88 is one of 15 Messier objects listed in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. It lies between 50-60 million light-years away, and while it is part of the Virgo Galaxy cluster, it is actually located in the constellation Coma Berenices (go figure).

M88 is classified as an Sbc spiral, which is between the Sb and Sc categories of medium-wound and loosely wound spiral arms, respectively.

The last supernova recorded in this galaxy was back in 1999.
Constellation: Coma Berenices
When Visible: March - July
Distance: 50 - 60 Million Light-years
Date: January - March 2015
Location: Rancho Hidalgo (now Dark Sky New Mexico), Animas, New Mexico
Exposure Details:
L: 57 x 10 Minutes binned 1x1
R: 24 x 10 Minutes binned 1x1
G: 24 x 10 Minutes binned 1x1
B: 24 x 10 Minutes binned 1x1

21-1/2 hours exposure
Equipment Used: 12.5" PlaneWave CDK on a Software Bisque Paramount ME mount. SBIG STL-6303 camera with 5-position filter wheel, AO-L and Astrodon LRGB filters
Acquisition Software : MaximDL, TheSky6, CCDAutopilot 5
Processing Software: MaximDL, Photoshop CS5, IrFanView, Noel Carboni Actions