M64 – A Different View

Messier 64
Messier 64

M64 -Black Eye Galaxy

Object Type: Galaxy

Location: Tarragona – Spain

When I watched M64 for the first time with my 5″ SC, I thought I was whatching an awesome galaxy. But on the night of May 11, I could see how important telescope aperture and dark skies really are. The image with my 9,25″ SC was very impressive. I attach the sketches in order to compare the two nights. Really, both have their own charm.

For more details of my observation you can visit my blog:


Date and Time: 2010-04-10, 21h 47m UT / 2013-05-11, 22h 36m UT

Telescope: SC Celestron Nexstar 5i (127mm) / SC Celestron 9.25″ (235mm)

Eyepiece: Nagler 16mm (69,44x / 146,88x)

White paper, HB2 graphite pencil, and scanned and inverted with Photoshop

Seeing: 3/5 (5 the best) – Both

Transparency: Clear. Rural Skies – Both.

Location Constellation: Coma Berenices

Position: R.A. 12h 56m

Dec. +21° 40′

Thank you and best regards.


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