M74 - Spiral Galaxy In Pisces

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Subject Notes:
This is a faint type Sc spiral galaxy approx. 20 million light years away. It is 8 arc minutes in diameter, and magnitude 8.8. While the nucleus is small and bright, its outer arms are very faint, making this a difficult subject to image.

Imaging Details:
Imaging Date:   August 9th, 2002
Imaging Site:   Oregon Star Party
Seeing Conditions:   Excellent
Telescope:   Takahahsi FSQ-106N @ F8 (850mm)
Imaging Camera:   ST-10XME w/CFW-8A
Mount & Guiding:   Losmandy G-11 with Gemini Goto. Guided with STV on Takahashi FS-60C
Exposure:   Luminance = 5x300sec, Red = 10x300sec, Green = 10x300sec, Blue = 9x480sec
Processing Notes:   MaxIm DL/CCD - Dark subtracted, and median combined.
Photoshop - Color combined, curves, slight color balance, and unsharp mask sharpening.

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