Messier Objects

M64 "Black Eye Galaxy": Spiral Galaxy (Coma Berenices) RA: 12h 56.7m / DEC: +21° 41'.1
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M64 resides in the heart of Coma Berenices. You'll find it about a degree northeast of 4.9 magnitude 35 Comae Berenices. This 8.6 magnitude Sb-type galaxy features a dark patch bordering the core to the northeast. This feature has earned M64 the moniker, Black Eye Galaxy. My 10-inch Starfinder presents a 7'x3' oval aligned west-northwest to east-southeast. The nuclear region is visible as a bright oval about 60"x30". Bordering the core is a dark ring which appears wider to the northeast. The subtle spiral arms surround the core as a diffuse glow, the northern portion appearing much thicker than the southern. M64 is a wonderful galaxy for moderate aperture telescopes.

M63 M65 & M66


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