Posted by dcrowson
on Thursday, February 27, 2020
M61 (NGC 4303, UGC 7420 and many others) is a seyfert 2 galaxy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seyfert_galaxy#Type_II_Seyfert_galaxies) located approximately 54 million light-years away in Virgo.

NGC 4301 (NGC 4303A, UGC 7439 and others) is the somewhat odd spiral at the top left.

NGC 4292 (UGC 7404 and others) is spiral at the top right. This one reminds me of M77 or M94 – both galaxies with a bright core and a faint ring of outer arms.

Luminance – 24x600s – 240 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

Imaged February 1st, 17th, 18th and 24th, 2020 from Dark Sky New Mexico at Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG STF-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT12RCT at f/8 2432mm.

LRGB - https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcrowson/49594620781/sizes/l/

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