Messier 64, also known as the Black Eye galaxy features a dark and prominent dust lane.
The galaxy can be found in the constellation Coma Berenices and lies at a distance of 24 million light years.

Recent studies of the galaxy have revealed that the gas in the outer regions of M64 rotates in the opposite direction from the gas and stars in the inner region of the galaxy.
Current explanation for this behaviour is the possible collision and absorption of another galaxy.

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Object info
Name M64 – The Black Eye Galaxy
Type Spiral galaxy
Constellation Coma Berenices
Right ascension 12h 56m 44s
Declination +21° 40′ 58″
Distance 24 Mly
Other designations NGC4826, UGC8062, PGC44182, Evil Eye Galaxy
Image info
Image date Mar. 31, 2009
Light frames 17x 5 min. @ ISO800 – IDAS LPS-P2
Total integration 1h 25m
Dark frames 25x
Flat frames 30x
Bias frames 20x
Software used DSLRFocus, Pixinsight LE, ImagesPlus, Photoshop CS2
Processing DSLRFocus was used to focus the scope and create the imaging series.
ImagesPlus 2.8 was used to calibrate the light frames with dark frames and flat frames.
Photoshop CS2 was used for post-processing, levels and curves adjustments.
DBE in Pixinsight LE.
Equipment info
Telescope Orion Optics SPX 10″ Newton
Corrector Televue 2″ Paracorr coma corrector (FL: 1.380mm f/5.43)
Mount Losmandy G-11
Camera Canon 20D
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software Guidemaster
Filters 2″ IDAS LPS-P2
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
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Noise and banding issues in this image.