Messier 74

M 74

Home to approx 100 billion stars, Messier 74 (also known as NGC 628 and Phantom Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces. It is at a distance of about 30 million light-years away from Earth. The galaxy contains two clearly defined spiral arms and is therefore used as an archetypal example of a grand design spiral galaxy.

Taken with 8 inch RC telescope @ f/8 using QSI 683 mono cooled ccd. MyT mount unguided using protrack. Exposure times RGB 240 seconds per sub, 34 subs per channel. Lum- 480 seconds x 84