Waid Observatory

Object: M74
Date: October 2014           Location: Denton, TX
Telescope: ATRC12    -    Mount: MI-250  -   Camera: ST-10XME
Exposure: L = 380 min. R, G, and B = 150 min. each
Guided using Innovations Foresight On Axis Guider (ONAG)
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M74 1

Discovered 17809 by Pierre Méchain

Messier 74 (also known as M74 and NGC 628) is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces with an estimated distance of approximately 32 million light-years from the Earth.  M74 contains two clearly defined spiral arms and is an example of a Grand Design Spiral Galaxy. It is estimated that M74 is home to about 100 billion stars.  The galaxy's low surface brightness makes it a difficult object for amateur astronomers to observe visually, however, long exposure CCD images, such as the one above, reveal the details of this spectacular galaxy


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