Monday, May 19, 2014

Taking Vengeance on the Black-Eye Galaxy M64

Last summer I took a wide angle shot of Coma Berenices and ran it through to see what I could see. I identified the Black-Eye Galaxy as a tiny speck of gray in a sea of gray specks. I vowed to return to the Coma Berenices at 300mm to get a closer look, but when I returned I was off by a good 15 degrees and accidentally photographed globular cluster M3.

Two nights ago, I collected 1048 frames of the clear night sky from my apartment balcony. I have a shutter lock, and I have to step off the balcony and stand in the doorway so my shifting weight doesn't shake the entire wood balcony.

I finally bagged M64 undeniably after almost a year. It's a little anticlimactic, but gratifying. Messier total is up to 56 out of 110!

Black-Eye Galaxy M64
Crop and labeled version of the image below
Black-Eye Galaxy M64

Black-Eye Galaxy M64
Uncropped M64 with Canon T5i, stack of 106 subs, 71 darks, 53 bias, each at ISO 6400, f/5.6, 300mm, 1.3 sec
Total exposure time 2 min 13 sec

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