M 64 (NGC 4826) Galaxy in Coma Berenices

Located at: RA 12 hours 56 minutes 44 seconds, Dec +21 degrees 41 minutes 05 seconds

Size: 10.1 ' x 5.4' Magnitude: 9.4 blue:Class: (R)SA(rs)ab HII

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 330 minutes (66 x 5 minute subs), 05/8/10/2013; seeing 2.9-4.0 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.69.4870.18821, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: M 64 is another object with a high surface brightness, like the recently imaged M 82, that I am using 5 minute red-filter subs. I am trying to preserve the interior details that would be hard to tease out of the 'bright' areas with 10 minute subs.

See the 8" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4826

NGC 4826 = M64 = U08062 = MCG +04-31-001 = CGCG 130-001 = Black-eye Galaxy = PGC 
44182
12 56 43.6 +21 40 57
V = 8.5;  Size 10.0x5.4;  SB = 12.7;  PA = 115d

13.1": very bright, large, oval 2:1 WNW-ESE, 6'x3', small bright core, almost 
stellar nucleus.  The famous curved dark patch = "Blackeye" located NE of the 
core is quite prominent and visible with direct vision.  Located 55' NE of the 
tight double star 35 Comae.

- by Steve Gottlieb