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M94 Core

What could cause the center of M94 to be so bright? Spiral galaxy M94 has a ring of newly formed stars surrounding its nucleus, giving it not only an unusual appearance but also a strong interior glow. A leading progenitor hypothesis holds that an elongated knot of stars known as a bar rotates in M94 and has generated a burst of star formation in the inner ring. Recent observations have revealed the outer, fainter ring is not closed and relatively complex. M94, pictured here spans about 30,000 light years, lies about 15 million light years away, and can be seen with a small telescope toward the constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici). [Text adapted from APOD]

Pubblications NASA APOD May 26th, 2015
Pubblications "Flickr" Explore - May 20th, 2015
Pubblications "Nuovo Orione" Astronomy Magazine - Technical Paper - Issue April , 2016
Optics: GSO RC 10" F8 2000mm - Astrograph Ritchie-Chrétien
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO on Gemini Q-Lock tripod
Camera: QSI-640WSG
Filters: Astrodon LRGB 1.25" I Series Gen II
Guiding Systems: SXV-AO-LF Active Optics - SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 9-13-14-15 April 2015
Location: Pragelato - Turin - Italy
Exposure Details: L:R:G:B => 450:110:100:100 = > (45x10):(11x10):(10x10):(10x10) color Bin2 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: -25 °C
Acquisition: Maxim DL/CCD, TheSkyX, Voyager
Processing: CCDStack2+, PS CS5, PI
Mean FWHM: 1.24" / 1.89"
SQM-L: 20.43 / 21.01
NOTE Dedicated to my wife.