M 64 – The Black Eye Galaxy


The Black Eye galaxy presents a rather unusual aspect, a consequence of its particular structure. It has an annular structure with two counter-rotating discs of equal mass made of tightly wound spiral arms. It is one of the few galaxies that does not belong to a cluster or group and is therefore gravitationally isolated.

There is a supermassive black hole in its center with a mass estimated between 18 and 42 million times the mass of our sun.

Technical details:

Telescope: Celestron Edge HD14 and 0.7x focal reducer
Mount: Celestron CGE Pro
Camera: Defiltered Canon T3
Filters: none
Exposure: 37 3-minute subs at ISO 1600
Date: march 2016
Place: Backyard observatory in Sainte-Sophie, Qc