M88 - Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices


M88 is a bright spiral galaxy in the Virgo cluster. It is about 60 million light years away and 100,000 light years in diameter (the same size as our Milky Way).

Telescope: AT8RC
Mount: Losmandy G-11 Gemini
Camera: Canon XS (Hutech modified); ISO 1600; Raw capture
Exposures: 12 @ 5 min.
Note: Images were focused using the camera's Live View. They were reduced, aligned, and combined using ImagesPlus. The composite image was adjusted in Photoshop CS2 (Levels, Curves, Cropping). Shot from my backyard observatory in southeast Minnesota on 4/10/10. Outside temp: 50 F.
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