Re: M74: Face-on spiral galaxy
- Yes. This galaxy has been difficult for me, too. I've shot it eight times over the last several years. It always looks to me like it's a bit out-of-focus, even when it isn't.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jeff Armstrong wrote:
> Messier 74 is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces. It is at a
> distance of about 32 million light-years away from Earth. The galaxy contains
> two clearly defined spiral arms and is therefore used as an archetypal example
> of a Grand Design Spiral Galaxy. The galaxy's low surface brightness makes it
> the most difficult Messier object for amateur astronomers to observe. It is
> estimated that M74 is home to about 100 billion stars.
> Always found this object to be difficult because of the low surface brightness
> and my light polluted skies. I gathered as much data as I could until I saw
> diminishing returns.
> This image closes out 2012 for me. I look forward to the year ahead and the
> continued pursuit of better images.
> Happy New Year and clear skies to everyone.
> Jeff Armstrong
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