M64 - The Black-Eye Galaxy


M64 - The Black-Eye Galaxy in Coma Berenices
Magnatude 9.0 Spiral Galaxy; 12 million light years away
ST-7E with Vixen R200SS f/4 Newtonian
SBIG Clear filter
29 x 5 minutes
Self guided on a Losmandy G-11
Flesherton, Ontario, Canada
Early morning April 10th, 2005
Ambient temp 7C; camera temp -20C; New Moon
Images captured, aligned and both Median and Add Combined in CCDSoft v5.0
DDP using Matt Thomas' application
Levels, curves and High Pass Filter applied in Photoshop 6.0
Processing help from a cast of thousands most notably Chris Schur, Serge Theberge, John Mirtle and Paul Mortfield - Go Team!

NOTE: Click on the above image to see a more aggressively processed vesion that brings the dust lanes out more.