M94 is a relatively bright magnitude 8.1 spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici with tightly wound spiral arms. The central core of the galaxy is much brighter than the surrounding disk. This image has been processed to bring out the rest of the galaxy without over-exposing the nucleus. This galaxy is about 20 million light-years away. M94 was discovered by Mechain in 1781.
Canes Venatici has four other show piece objects on the Messier list in addition to M94, i.e., galaxies M51, M63, and M106, and globular cluster M3.
This image was taken from my backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is an LRGB composite CCD image taken with an SBIG ST-8XE CCD at prime focus on a Takahashi FCT-150 scope at f7. The image was acquired and processed using MaxIm DL/CCD and PhotoShop CS.
M94 (NGC 4736)
Constellation: Canes Venatici
RA: 12h 51m 11s Dec: +41d 05' 01"
January 5, 2006
Image by Sid Leach
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