M74 Galaxy

Telescope C9.25 on AP1200GTO Designation M74
Focal Length F/5.8 1365mm Position RA: 01 : 36.7 Dec:+15 : 47
Guiding eFinder & SBIG guidehead Type Spiral Galaxy
Control MaximDL Magnitude 10
CCD Camera SBIG ST2000XM Size 10'
Image Scale 1.12 arcsec Distance 30 million Light Years
Filters AstroDon LRGB Constellation Pisces
Exposures 12 x 5min 1x1, 8 x 4min ea RGB    
Calibration Flats, Bias only    
Software MaximDL, Photoshop CS2    
Date Peach State Star Gaze Sept 2008    
Messier 74 (also known as NGC 628) is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces. The galaxy contains two clearly-defined spiral arms and is therefore used as an archetypal example of a Grand Design Spiral Galaxy.[4] The galaxy's low surface brightness makes it the most difficult Messier object for amateur astronomers to observe.[5][6] However, the relatively large angular size of the galaxy and the galaxy's face-on orientation make it an ideal object for professional astronomers who want to study spiral arm structure and spiral density waves.