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A Galactic Punch in the Eye
The Black Eye Galaxy (also called Sleeping Beauty Galaxy; designated Messier 64, M64, or NGC 4826) was discovered by Edward Pigott in March 1779, and independently by Johann Elert Bode in April of the same year, as well as by Charles Messier in 1780. It has a spectacular dark band of absorbing dust in front of the galaxy's bright nucleus, giving rise to its nicknames of the "Black Eye" or "Evil Eye" galaxy. M64 is well known among amateur astronomers because of its appearance in small telescopes.
~Description via Wikipedia.org

Here is about 1 hour worth of exposures as seen by my Nikon D7000
Telescope - Orion ED80T CF
Mount - Orion Skyview Pro
Tracking - Push Here Dummy (off axis)
Processing - Deep Sky Staker, PS and finishing touches with LR

Enjoy!
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I really love these shots...the stars so endless...
 
The evil eye in the microscope watching us.
 
Ah, I need to get out again with the scope; I'm feeling left out of the fun! Time, however, is a constraint right now.
 
Quick question, +Darryl Van Gaal ; have you done much in the way of re-processing your shots? Either with different settings, or by re-stacking different processed images (kind of like kneading the dough twice)? I'm kind of thinking of trying that. But...ugh the time!
 
Sometimes you'll like the first, others you'll discover some new technique.
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