M74 - Face-On Galaxy in Pisces

M74 is an excellent example of a face-on "grand design" spiral galaxy. It has many star-forming regions.

It lies approximately 32 million light years away in the constellation of Pisces. It is slightly smaller than our Milky Way.

   
Telescope: Orion 10 in. f/4.7 Newtonian with Baader coma corrector
Camera: Canon XS (1000D); Hutech modified; Raw Capture; ISO 800
Mount: Losmandy G-11 w/Gemini
Guiding: Orion SSAG on 500mm piggybacked guide scope
Exposures:

44 @ 3 min. (2.2 hrs.)

Processing:

Images were focused using Live View. They were aligned and combined in ImagesPlus. Adjustments were made in Photoshop (Curves, Levels, Cropping). Noise was reduced using Topaz DeNoise.

Location:

My backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 11/6/10. Temp was 40 deg. F. Humidity was 50%.

   
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