Friday, December 15, 2017

revisited Messier 95 (Halifax)

I commanded BGO to image M95, another Chuck Messier object I have only viewed once or briefly. A barred spiral galaxy. The robotic telescope apparently did not fully completed the programmed instructions (did not receive the blue data). I suspect daylight interfered...

galaxy Messier 95 in luminance

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, GIMP. North is up; east is left.

The core is fascinating with the bright nucleus, the obvious bar, and the bright ring connected to the bar. But there exists a very large diffuse oval halo around the ring. Very interesting.

First viewed this galaxy in 19 May '12. My notes are scant. I noted 95 was smoother than 96. Uh huh.


Wikipedia link: Messier 95.

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