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M77 - Galaxy in Cetus

M77 - Galaxy in Cetus

Date: 11/09/2010
Target: M77 - Galaxy in Cetus
Telescope: Orion 8" f/4.9 + MPCC
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Filter: None
Exposures: 21x300s (1.75h) @ ISO1600
Framing: North is Up, 80% crop
Location: Mocksville, NC
Seeing: 2/5
Transparency: 5/5
Start Time: 9:00PM
End Time: 12:00AM
Captured with Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.

From Wikipedia:

Messier 77 (also known as NGC 1068) is a barred spiral galaxy about 47 million light-years away in the constellation Cetus. Messier 77 is an active galaxy with an Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN), which is obscured from view by astronomical dust at visible wavelengths. The diameter of the molecular disk and hot plasma associated with the obscuring material was first measured at radio wavelengths by the VLBA and VLA. The hot dust around the nucleus was subsequently measured in the mid-infrared by the MIDI instrument at the VLTI. It is the brightest Seyfert galaxy and is of type 2.
Messier 77's diameter is 170,000 light-years.