The graceful undulating curves of M106 are accompanied by a good number of other galactic companions, the most prominent of which are NGC 4217 to the lower right and NGC 4248. These galaxies inhabit a region of the sky near the handle of the Big Dipper in Canes Venatici and are easily viewed under dark skies through a small telescope. This image is dedicated to my wife and best friend, Mae in whose eyes I saw the light of stars and galaxies the very first time we met.
Date Imaged :
April 3 - 23, 2009
Astrophysics 5" Starfire f/8
Baader LRGB 18,12,12,5 x 10min
Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines