Phantom Galaxy (M74) in Pisces

Messi­er 74 (M74, NGC 628) is one of the nicest examples of so-called “grand-design” spir­al galax­ies seen face-on, so that its spir­al struc­ture stands out con­spicu­ously. Its dis­tance may be about 32 mil­lion light years. Then its spir­al arms are about 1000 light years broad. They are traced with clusters of blue young stars and pink­ish colored dif­fuse gaseous neb­u­lae (H II regions), and reach out to cov­er a region of more than 10 minutes of arc in dia­met­er, cor­res­pond­ing to roughly 95,000 light years, or about the same size as our Milky Way galaxy.

[descrip­tion from seds.org]

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RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
ASA DDM85
SBIG STL-11000M
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LRGB 500:140:140:100 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
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M74 Galaxy Sky Chart Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

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Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.

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