M64 NGC 4826

Object Type Galaxy Sa
Constellation Coma Berenices
Magnitude 8.5
Size 10.0' x 5.5'

M64 is large and bright spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices. In an 8" telescope it appears as a bright, elongated haze with a bright nucleus. Its common name is the "Black Eye Galaxy". This name comes from the patch of very dark absorbing dust close to the nucleus. This patch of dust is visible in a 12" telescope.

Combination of 10, 3 minute images unfiltered.
SBIG ST9-XE CCD. 14" f/11 schmidt-cassegrain telescope with an f/6.3 focal reducer.

Combination of 20, 3 minute images unfiltered, and 5, 3 minute images with red, green and blue filters.
SBIG STL-1001E CCD. 16" f/10 schmidt-cassegrain telescope at prime focus.