Spiral Galaxy M74
Photographed by Scott Davis on August 10, 2013
From Ahwahnee Hills Observatory
Spiral Galaxy M74, also catalogued as NGC628, is a beautiful face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces. It is estimated that M74 contains approximately 100 billion stars. It lies at a distance of approrimately 30 million light years from Earth.
Imaging Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Imaging Scope/Lens:
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
Guide Scope/Camera:
Orion Shorttube 80mm w/ Starshoot Autoguider
Exposure Details:
Camera settings were ISO 1600 with 3-minute exposures. A total of 26 light frames, 10 dark frames, and 40 each of flat, dark flat, and bias frames were stacked to create this final image. Total integration time is 1 hour, 18 minutes.

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