M94 - Galaxy in Canes Venatici
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A bright, very compact and nearly circular galaxy of the 9th magnitude, discovered by Mechain in 1781.

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A closeup of the above photo to make the spiral arm detail more visible.

  • RA: 12:51
  • Dec: 41:07
  • Size: 7x3'
  • Magnitude: 8.2
  • Distance: 14.5 million ly
  • Constellation: Canes Venatici
  • Millennium Star Atlas: Vol. II, p. 610
  • Scope: 8" SCT at f/11
  • Autoguider: ST-4 autoguider in faint mode
  • Sky conditions: Good seeing, moderate transparency.
  • Film: Fuji Super G 800+
  • Exposure: composite of two 40 minute exposures
  • Date: 3-18-99

I was intending to go after M100 that evening and while doing some visual observing as I was waiting for the evening temperature to stabilize, noted how bright this galaxy was and decided to shoot it also.

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