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M106 and 16 visible galaxies

Messer 106 is a intermediate spiral galaxy that has played an important role in calibrating the cosmic distance ladder.

Distance to earth: 23’000’000 lightyears
Apparent size: 20 arcminutes (0.66 x the moon)

Imaging time: 16 hours

Equipment:
Mount: SW AZEQ6GT
Telescope: SW Evostar 80ED
Camera: Atik 460EX Mono

Capture information:
Date: May 2016
Total exposure time: 16 hours
Color combination: LRGB

Image data:
24 x 600s LUM
24 x 3 x 600s RGB