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M74 is a classic face on spiral galaxy that glows ever so softly when viewed through a five inch refractor. Long exposures through the same scope reveal amazingly greater details and more definite structure in this tenth magnitude galaxy found in the constellation Pisces.

Date Imaged       :

October 20 - November 3, 2008

Lens       :

Astrophysics 5" Starfire f/8

Camera       :

Atik 16HR

Exposure       :

3 hours 10 minutes

Filter       :

Astronomik LRGB

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines