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Spiral Galaxy in Pisces

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Messier 74 is a fine example of a face-on galaxy with large, loose spiral arms and a fairly small, condensed nucleus. Although its magnitude suggests that it should be fairly easy to observe with a small telescope, its low surface brightness actually makes it fairly challenging to detect.

Magnitude 9.2
Apparent Size 10' x 9'
Distance (light yrs) 30 million
Right Ascension 1:36.7
Declination +15 47
Field of View 29' x 22'

Image details:  Exposure times of 147 minutes luminance and 30 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/6.

December 2014