Galaxy M74 in Pisces
Spiral Galaxy M74 is one of the great spiral galaxies seen face-on, located in the direction of the constellation Pisces, at a distance of 30 million light
years.  Its 100 million stars encompass some bright blue clusters and red hydrogen clouds in the outer arms, compared to older and more tightly
packed yellow stars in its core.  Dust lanes outline the spiral arms, similar to our own Milky Way Galaxy.  In 2004,
M74 was the first target of the
massive 8-meter Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

This image combined 60 minutes luminance exposures with 15 mintes each of red, green, and blue exposures with an ST10XME camera and AP 0.67x
reducer through a Meade 12" LX200R telescope.
Music:  Beethoven's 8th Symphony, 1st Movement