Galaxy in Canes Venatici

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The central region of this spiral galaxy is very bright, making it easy to find in even a small telescope. Through a large scope, the brighest central region is surrounded by the inner, tightly wound arms, and some of the spiral detail can be seen through the eyepiece. In addition, as this picture shows, the galaxy has a much dimmer outer ring, giving it a sort of bullseye shape.

Magnitude 8.1
Apparent Size 11' x 9'
Distance (light yrs) 16 million
Right Ascension 12:50.9
Declination +41 07
Field of View 29' x 22'

Image details:  Exposure times of 60 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.

July 2015