Discovered by William Herschel in 1798.
This impressive face on spiral galaxy is relatively close to our own Milky Way. It lies approximately 10 million light years distant in the direction of the constellation of Cepheus. We view the galaxy through the plane of the Milky Way. The dust in our galactic plane dims the light from this object making it difficult to view visually in smaller amateur telescopes. Long exposure images, such as the one above, show it in its glory. The bright core of old yellow stars, the young blue stars forming in the spiral arms, and the pink nebular regions make this a truly spectacular celestial target for any amateur astronomer.