M106 and Neighbors
Magnitude: Roughly magnitude 8.4
Size: about 19' x 8'
Distance: 25 million light years
RA: 12h 19m
Dec: 47 degrees 18'
M106 is a bright spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes
Venatici. Like M63
and M94, it was
discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781 and later added to Messier's
catalog. Several surrounding galaxies are present in this
field of view, including NGC 4217 (lower left), NGC 4220 (lower right),
and NGC 4248 (center). Please click here for more
information about this interesting galaxy.
Date: March 11, 2007
FSQ-106 on the G11 Losmandy
Autoguider: ST402 with
Camera: Maxcam CM10 (Finger Lakes Instruments).
R, G, B Type II
filter set (Astronomik).
L: 45 x 4'; R: 12 x 5'; G: 12 x 5'; B: 12 x 8'. Total
exposure duration 6.6 hours.
Conditions: Temperature 45 degrees at start of session;
transparency; fair seeing; calm. Imaging
performed at -20 degrees C throughout.
Post-processing: Subs were
debloomed with Ron Wodaski's Debloomer software, calibrated, aligned,
and combined in MaximDL, followed by DDP
in ImagesPlus (IP). Subsequent
levels and curves adjustments in Photoshop CS (16 bit format).
note: Graphics on this website
may not be reproduced without author permission.
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