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About this object

M106 is a large spiral galaxy in the Constellation Canes Venatici and lies at a distance of 23.5 million light-years. M106 contains red emission nebula, blue star forming areas and areas of dust which spiral around its core. This image combines light from Luminance, Red, Green and Blue filters along with Hydrogen Alpha. The Hydrogen Alpha filter enhances the red emission nebula around the galaxy and also filaments of hydrogen gas rising from near the core. This image combines data from 27hrs of exposure time taken during March 2013 from Ocean Springs, MS. The image above is only a portion of the full image frame. The full image frame can be found here: Full Image

Image Details

  • Optics : 10" f5 Astrograph @ f3.79
  • Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250
  • Camera: QSI 583
  • Filters: Astrodon LRGB and 5nm Ha filter set
  • Exposure: L: 510min R: 270min G: 260min B: 270min Ha: 320min
  • RGB and Ha 2x2 binning. Total exposure time 27.16hrs
  • Camera/Mount Control: Maxim DL 5.23, CCD Commander
  • Processing: PixInsight 1.8
  • Location: Stark Bayou Observatory, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Date: 5-16 March 13
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