Updated: 3.23.05

M106 is another very nice galaxy in Canes Venatici. It is probably part of the Ursa Major Cloud, which includes M108 and M109. While the core and overall brightness is high (mag 8.4), the outer envelope is very faint and difficult to capture. As a result of this outer portion, the size is a large 19'x8'. This image was taken at Chiefland during the CFAS Astrofest with the club's TEC 140mm APO refractor.

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TEC140 APO on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

28x4 mins


Acquired in Astroart and processed in Maxim as an RGB image (no darks and no flats)

guided with an STV on a SBS Sky90 refractor