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Re: M74: Face-on spiral galaxy

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  • CurtisC
    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,
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 2, 2013
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      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 ccd-newastro@yahoogroups.com, 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.
      >
      > http://www.flickr.com/photos/army5/8339430098/
      >
      > Jeff Armstrong
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
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