Messier 64

64 final

Object:   M64  (NGC 4826) Date:               2018 May 10
Type:  Spiral galaxy
Constellation:           Coma Berenices Time & altitude:        22.35 UT      58º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               3/5
            R.A:                12h 57m Transparency (5 high):                   3/5
            Dec:                21º 41 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1  Dob.
            Magnitude     8.5 Eyepiece       8mm Ethos                x260
            Size (mins)    9 x 5 Filters:            Lumicon Deep Sky


The Black Eye Galaxy.  Big and bright. It is a well-concentrated 2:1 oval aligned ESE-WNW. My drawing indicates I have detected the major axis out to a length of 7 arcmins. There is a sizable, conspicuous oval core with the easily seen dark lane on the N side. No structure seen in the halo.