Messier 100

M101

This beautiful spiral galaxy was first discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781 and catalogued by Messier the same year. It is over 107,000 light years in diameter. This image was taken over multiple nights to obtain the 4 hours of data. Click the image for a larger version of this beautiful galaxy.

 

Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M100, NGC4321
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Coma Berenices
Camera: Apogee U16M with Astrodon Gen II Filters Distance: Approx 55 Million Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Spiral Galaxy
Exposure: 4 Hours Luminance Position: R.A. 12 hr 22 min , Dec +15049'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: February 2014
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village