M 77 – NGC1068


© Josep M. Drudis-2016, Mount Lemmon Sky Center, AZ, USA.

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When M 77 was discovered by Mechain, in 1780, he described it as a nebula. When Messier incorporated it to his catalog, he assigned it the category of a star cluster (by the way, Herschel also did the same mistake…). It was Lord Rosse who identified it as a “spiral nebula” mid XIX Century. M 77 is larger than the Milky Way and it is an active Seyfert galaxy. Being the closest such galaxy to us, it is a thoroughly studied galaxy. This image was taken with the Schulman Telescope (32″) from Sky Center, Mount Lemmon, AZ. This one is my version.

Additional Information


Name(s): M77. NGC 1068. Cetus A

Type: Spiral galaxy

RA:  02h 42m 40s

Dec: -00º 00’ 54”

Constellation: Cetus

Size (arcmin): 7×6

Magnitude: +8.9

Distance: 33 Mly


Date: 2014-11-25 thru 2015-01-06

Location: Sky Center, Mount Lemmon, AZ, USA

Size (arcmin): 22×22

Telescope: Schulman Telescope, 32″ (81cm) f/7

Camera: SBIG STX16803 (4096x4096pix)

Guiding: Internal camera guider

Total exposure: 28hs (R: 8.5hs; G:7.5hs; B: 7hs)

Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CC 2016 and PixInsight

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