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Galaxy M87

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Observer
Mike Foylan
Time of observation
15/02/2016 - 02:45
Object
M87 - Virgo A - NGC 4486
Observing location
Cherryvalley Observatory (I83) Ireland
Equipment
Celestron 0.2-m SCT
SBIG STL-1301E CCD Camera
Celestron CG5-GT Modified EQ Mount
Exposure
90 Seconds each x3
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With the recent news about the amazing image and subsequent science data from the super massive black hole in M87 galaxy taken with the Event Horizon Telescope I remembered I had imaged M87 in the past and here it is.

While I don’t have a telescope the size of the Earth I am still amazed at what a small telescope can accomplish from ones back garden!

 Three images were taken of 90 seconds each (no filter) and calibrated (light plus dark frames). The three images were then combined in CCDSoft and a DDP filter applied.

One can see the forward facing relativistic jet which extends some 5,000 light years. M87 galaxy is truly enormous and dwarfs the Milky Way galaxy. It is classed as a supergiant elliptical galaxy located from our vantage point in the constellation of Virgo some 55 million light years distant.

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