The Blackeye Galaxy, M64, resides at a distance of 19 milllion light years within the constellation Coma Berenices. Millions of years ago, a small galaxy
tore through the center of a larger galaxy, disintegrating as it became absorbed. This interaction left the inner part of the galaxy rotating in the opposite direction
from the outer regions of the galaxy. The debris of this colossal collision left a massive dust lane dominating the edge of the galactic nucleus, spurring new star
formation. This dust lane is the dominant feature of M64 visible through small amateur telescopes, earning its name as the Blackeye!
The image above was taken at the Hidden Lake Observatory. The luminance was obtained with an ST10XME camera and AP reducer through a Meade 12"
LX200R telescope, with 285 minutes of exposures. The color was provided with an ST2000XM camera through a TEC140mm refractor, with exposures of
90 minutes red, 60 minutes green, and 80 minutes blue. Total exposure time was over 8 hours.
This image below was taken 4 years earlier from my light-polluted backyard, with an ST10XME camera through a Celestron C8 telescope using the same
0.67x reducer. I combined 2 hours of Luminance with 30, 30, and 40 minutes of Red, Green, and Blue exposures.
Music: When I'm 64, the Beatles