M 106


M 106 is a spiral galaxy located 23 million light years away in the constellation Canes Venatici (Hunting Dogs). Although it bears the designation M (Messier’s catalog), Charles Messier has never observed it. It was added to this catalog by Canadian astronomer Helen Sawyer Hogg.

M 106 emits waves at a frequency that is in the microwave range which indicates the presence of water molecules from a dense, hot molecular gas. A supermassive black hole is located in the central bulb of this galaxy.

Technical details:

Telescope: Celestron Edge HD14 and 0.7x focal reducer
Camera: ZWO ASI 1600
Filters LRGB Astrodon 1.25″
Exposure: a total of 76 6-minute subs
Place: Backyard observatory in Sainte-Sophie, Qc
Date: June 2020