Spiral Galaxy M77 (NGC 1068), type Sb, in Cetus

RA 02 : 42.7 (h:m); DEC -00 : 01 (deg:m); Distance 60 million light years;
Visual Brightness 8.9 (mag); Apparent Dimension 7x6 (arc min).

Messier 77 (M77, NGC 1068) is a conspicuous spiral galaxy situated in constellation Cetus. With its bright Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN), it is the prototype of an active galaxy, and a famous group of these objects called "Seyfert Galaxies," after their discoverer.
M77 is about 60 million light years distant and is receding from us at about 1100 km/sec.

Source and more: SEDS


December 27, 2008 19:59 - 20:57 UT.
Imaging: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO, f/6.8 [focal length 545 mm] with 5 cm extender, Astronomik LRGB filters; ATK16IC b/w camera, K3CCDTools.
Autoguiding: LX200 10-inch f/10 [focal length 2500mm] with Vesta SC3 webcam and Guidedog.
Exposures: Lum: 4x420s [1x1]; RGB 5x60s [2x2]. More Lum frames could not be captured because of trees.