M106 Spiral Galaxy
Scope: Deep Sky Instruments RC10c 254mm @ f/7.4 / FL= 1880mm Corrected Ritchey Chretien
Camera: FLI- ML11002M with FLI (7 position filter wheel CFW-5-7)
Total Exposure: Luminance= 9.4 hr (20min subs x 28) RGB= 2.2 hr ea. (10min subs x 13 ea.)
March 2013: Chico, California, USA
Comments: Messier 106 or NGC 4258 (left) is a spiral galaxy at a distance of about 22 million light years. The blue knots in the end of its spiral arms are probably young star clusters formed only a few million years ago. Due to its unusual x-ray emissions and emission lines, it is suspected that part of M106 is falling into a supermassive black hole in its center.
The edge on galaxy in the lower right, of this image is NGC4217, a possible companion galaxy of M106.