Messier 77


This barred spiral galaxy was first discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1780. It was thought to be a small nebula, but has since been classified as a galaxy. Messier included it in his catalogue of comet like objects. NGC 1055 is the other prominent galaxy in the field of view, it was discovered by William Herschel in 1783.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M77 & NGC 1068
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Cetus
Camera: Apogee U16M with Astrodon Gen II Filters Distance: Approx 47 Million Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Barred Spiral Galaxy
Exposure: 6 Hours 30 Minutes RGB Position: R.A. 2 hr 41 min , Dec +00026'
Processed using PixInsight Date: October 2013
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/MaximDL/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village