April 29, 2017

M88 (April 24, 2017)

A month or so ago I was working my way visually through the Virgo Galaxy Cluster.  M88 was one of its easiest to see.  Of course, in my 8" f/5 reflector, M88 appears visually from my backyard as an oval smudge, brighter toward the smudge's center.  But I knew M88 was a grand spiral, so I wanted to return for a better look with the camera.  Here is the image: 14x720" with the SXVF-H9 through the CFF 290 Classical Cassegrain at around f/8.

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