Antilhue - Chile

Messier 74 in Pisces
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Image Data

Designation M 74, NGC 628
Object type Galaxy, Sc type
Coordinates 01h37min  +15°48'  (Pisces) 
Description M 74 is the prototype of a face-on spiral galaxy and hosts an estimated 100 billion stars, similar to our own Milky Way.  It lies 30 million light years away towards the constellation of Pisces.  Its location in the northern sky and turbulent atmospheric conditions made the imaging a real challenge.
Exposure LRGB 60:30:30:60 min @ -15°C - RGB binned 2x2
Camera SBIG ST-10XE + SBIG CFW-8 with Astronomik Type II filter set
Optics RCOS 14.5" Ritchey-Chrétien @ f/9
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11, Registar, Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Location - Date - Time Vicuña (Chile) - 23Oct2003 - 06:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 6,  Seeing 3-5, Temperature +15°C