M64 (NGC 4826) is also as the black eye galaxy. It is a tightly wound spiral galaxy about 17 million light-years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices. A dark band of absorbing dust in front of its nucleus give rise the nickname Black Eye galaxy.
M64 is a type 2 Seyfert galaxy and there is evidence that the galaxy has recently experienced a large influx of gas.
Image data: LRGB with L=17x1200s, R=6x1200s, G=6x1200s, B=6x1200s, 11.6 hours in total
80cm f/7 AstroOptik Keller corrected Cassegrain FLI Proline 16803 Astrodon LRGB Gen-II Filters
Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile, remote controlled
Image processing: Konstantin Buchhold
M64 in 80% resolution
The core of M66 in 100% resolution